Cultures of Postnationalism

full name / name of organization: 
MLA
contact email: 
pgcaro@uoregon.edu

While national foundational romances and nationalist rhetoric are not over, a lasting legacy of postmodernity might be a widespread defiance of the grand-narratives of nation. This panel seeks to address the role played by cultural production in dismantling, challenging, mocking, satirizing, or parodying national myths, historical national epics and their sacred museums. What is the role of literary or filmic production in promoting critical approaches to narratives of nation? How does this growing corpus challenge the notion of national culture(s) or national literature(s)? Are particular national cultures more prone than others to this kind of postnationalist production? Why? Drafts of the papers will be shared before the MLA (by December 15) to foster a more open discussion.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
postcolonial
theory