Call For Papers—Native American Literature (RMMLA Convention October 6-8, 2011, Scottsdale, AZ.

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Bill Stratton, University of Denver
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In the first decade of the 21st century, readers of Native American literature have witnessed the emergence of a dynamic new generation of writers. Challenging political boundaries and essentialist notions of indigenous identity and culture, writers such as Eric Gansworth, Stephen Graham Jones, Laura Tohe, David Treuer, and Frances Washburn have sought to reclaim Native histories and stories, while redefining what it means to be an Indigenous person in the wake of 500 years of colonial oppression. This expansion of the Native literary canon has been accompanied by the development of a more nuanced and sophisticated critical discourse on Native literary production and oral tradition, addressing issues such as Native political and intellectual sovereignty, literary nationalism, Indigenous identities, peoplehood, and decolonization. Although I am seeking proposals on any aspect of contemporary Native American literature, I am especially interested in those that critically reflect on the literary accomplishments of the latest generation of Native writers and scholars. Please send abstracts of 300 words and CV to by March 15, 2011.