CFP: [African-American] CEA at MLA

full name / name of organization: 
Coretta M. Pittman

Call for Papers: Confronting Issues of Race in the Academy: Examining
Literary Responses to Racism

Professors who teach Eurocentric literatures, especially those written
before the nineteenth century, do not often face the same difficulties as
their colleagues who teach minority literatures because the issues present
in the narratives are removed from the students either by time or place.
Reading Shakespeare will not evoke the same responses for students as
reading Ann Petry’s The Street which is set in the 1940s and has themes
that are very much relevant to our present such as white racism, poverty,
and violence against women. Given the current climate on many university
campuses where multiculturalism is often seen as being forced on students,
there can be many challenges to teaching ethnic literatures.

This panel, hosted by the College English Association at the 2008 MLA
Conference (San Francisco, December 27-30, 2008), will feature
presentations that examine literary responses to racism.

Please submit proposals of 250 words as Microsoft word attachments to
Shelia A. Collins at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
( or to Coretta M. Pittman at Baylor University
( Please include a brief academic biography
and contact information. The deadline for proposals is March 28, 2008. By
the time of the MLA 2008 conference, all panelists must be members of both
CEA and MLA.

Coretta M. Pittman
Baylor University
Department of English
One Bear Place #97404
Waco, TX 76798

Shelia A. Collins
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Department of English
333 Kimpel Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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