RMMLA Special Topics Session: Folklore, Identity, and Contemporary Fiction

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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

We are seeking participants for a special topics session at the 2011 RMMLA Convention in Scottsdale, AZ discussing a connection between folklore and contemporary (1970-2009) fictional texts and how we reconstruct individual and community identities by revisiting folklore of the past.

Papers should explore, but are not limited to the following:
• How folklore, myth and legend impact the individuals development of identity
• The ways in which a collective cultural identity is manipulated, constructed, or destroyed via the folklore of the community
• How authors utilize folklore as a method of constructing contemporary space, place and/or nation
• Explore the disavowal of folklore and the ways in which contemporary authors are attempting to reclaim this folklore as a means reclaiming cultural identity.

If you would like to have your paper considered for the panel, please email a 300-400 word abstract (in Word), including your name, affiliated institution, position, and email to jstrathearn@gmail.com or judith.strathearn@colorado.edu .