Theory, Practice, Engagement [deadline 11/1/2010] (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, 3/31-4/3/2011)

full name / name of organization: 
Geoffrey Baker
contact email: 
gabaker@csuchico.edu

This approved panel for the American Comparative Literature Association's annual meeting (Vancouver, Canada, 31 March - 3 April 2010) seeks papers that address aspects of the long debate over literary and intellectual engagement. Which types of texts are best suited to such a mission, and how does a text's activist agenda affect its form? How might realist or naturalist texts, whose aim is to "unveil [dévoiler]" (in Jean-Paul Sartre's words) for their readers the practical injustices around them, really make these readers feel responsible for ending those injustices? How do avant-garde texts accomplish what Theodor Adorno terms an altering of our "fundamental attitudes [Haltung]" or what Caroline Levine calls a needed provocation of democracy? Are there texts or theorists who occupy a middle ground between the allegedly opposed realism and avant-garde, or between practice and theory, and what form might such a middle ground adopt? What is the state of the direct political engagement of intellectuals, or the role of the "activist theorists" to whom Gayatri Spivak refers? Submissions on any genre (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, drama, film, visual arts, performance arts, etc.) are welcome.

Submit abstracts for 20-minute presentations at the American Comparative Literature Association's website, www.acla.org/acla2011/ . Click on "Propose a Seminar or Paper," and, when prompted, select the seminar "Theory, Practice, Engagement: Texts and Intellectuals in the World."

Feel free to contact the panel organizer, Geoff Baker, with any questions at gabaker at csuchico dot edu.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
renaissance
romantic
theatre
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian