Intertextuality in the Works of Caryl Phillips - SAMLA conference, November 5-7, 2010, Atlanta, GA

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Renee Schatteman/ Georgia State University
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Over the course of his nearly thirty-year career as a writer, the Caribbean/black British writer Caryl Phillips has received considerable attention for his unique literary aesthetic that involves the fragmentation and juxtaposition of multiple story lines in any given text. But Phillips has also been consistent in his use of intertexuality, for in his fiction and his non-fiction, he has made extensive and explicit use of a wide range of historical and literature sources. While Phillips' intertextuality never goes the way of pastiche or "literary cannibalism," it is a critical component of his prominent themes and interests in history, in identity, and in the effects of exclusionary practices across race, space, and time. This panel welcomes papers that examine Phillips' intertexuality in general or in relation to particular texts. By May 1, 2010, please send 250-word abstracts to Renée Schatteman, Georgia State University, at