CFP: "Contemporary Fiction from the Middle East" (Due September 30, 2010)

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Sally Gomaa/NeMLA
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42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

This panel explores contemporary fiction from the Middle East. Topics may include: issues around translation and translatability, the Arabic novel as a particular genre of fiction, immigration as a trope, representations of the divine and the supernatural. We will ask what makes this body of fiction particular and of importance both at home and in the world, as well as what critical approaches exist, in Arabic as well as in translation. Please send 250-word abstracts to Sally Gomaa,

Deadline: September 30, 2010

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as pre-conference workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June:

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.