Re-tellings: Literature as Literary Criticism (deadline 30/9/10; NeMLA, 7-10/4/11)

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Rita Bode
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Whether we call them twice told tales, parallel texts, prequels, sequels, or even, most broadly, adaptations, creative re-tellings locate their source in previous texts.

Literary re-tellings offer the recognition of satisfying familiarity as well as the exciting twist of difference. This pre-approved panel proposes to examine not only the ways in which creative works of literature re-tell previous works but how these re-tellings function as a form of literary criticism. In offering alternative versions of older texts, re-tellings provide a different perspective that critiques, indeed, even transforms, the original texts.

Re-tellings engage with feminist perspectives, post-colonial perspectives, the perspective of the child or the disadvantaged; they give views from the margins and voice the unspoken. Some examples of pairings might include Emily Bronte's _Wuthering Heights_ and Maryse Conde's _Windward Heights_; Dickens' _Great Expectations_ and Peter Carey's _Jack Maggs_ or Lloyd Jones' _Mr. Pip_; Twain's _Huckleberry Finn_ and Jon Clinch's _Finn_, but submissions from a wide range of literatures, genres, and periods are welcome.

Please submit 300 word (ca.) abstracts, contact information, and a brief biography to, no later than September 30th. Enquiries welcome. Please see for information on NeMLA and the convention (April 7-10, 2011, New Brunswick, NJ; host: Rutgers).