CFP: Cross-Ethnic Literary Consumption: Asian American and Native American Connections (AAAS New Orleans/May 18-21, 2011)

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Call for Third Paper for Panel on "Asian American and Native American Literary Connections" for the 2011 Association for Asian American Studies Conference

Drawing on the work started in the September 2010 special issue of American Quarterly, we seek an additional paper for a panel on Asian American and Native American literary connections. As Paul Lai and Lindsey Claire Smith, the guest editors of that special issue, note in their introduction, the two fields are connected via their placement under the umbrella of "ethnic studies," but often diverge in terms of assumptions, approaches and focus.

This panel asks how the 2011 AAAS conference topic of consumption is linked across the two literary traditions. We seek proposals for papers that explore any of the variety of ways in which the theme of consumption moves through and links Asian American and Native American literature.

Our first paper will explore stereotypes that depict members of both groups as lacking in affect. As a challenge to the tropes of the stoic Indian and the inscrutable Asian, how do Asian American and Native American writers depict the experience of being "consumed by emotion," be it anger, passion, envy or grief? What limits are imposed or transgressed in the literary representation of emotion by Asian American and Native American authors?

The second paper will focus on the way Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's 2003 novel, The Legend of Fire Horse Woman, links Japanese Americans racially, romantically, and politically to Native Americans. To what extent does Houston's novel represent an uncritical consumption of popular images of Native Americans?

Papers connected to either of these two issues, or to the theme of consumption as it applies to Asian-Native connections in other ways, are welcome.

Please send a 300 word abstract and a 2 page CV to and by October 29.