M/MLA November 3-6, 2011 St. Louis: No, I'm not American/Je suis pas fraçais: Canadian Writers Playing with Identity

full name / name of organization: 
Mid-West Modern Languages Association Permanent Section on Canadian Literature
contact email: 
lee.bessette@gmail.com

Canadian witers in both French and English have historically been defined by who they are not: British, French, American. This uncertain and unstable national identity has now been embraced by many writers and is expressed in a great deal of playfulness in their writing. With works like Souvenirs from Canada by Douglas Coupland, Est-ce que cette grenade dans la main du Nègre est-il une arme ou un fruit? by Dany Laferrière, or Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, Canadian writers have posed a critical eye on Canadian and American cultural and aesthetic norms. This panel invites papers that discuss how Canadian writers have played with the idea of being Canadian (in the broadest possible sense) in opposition to how others attempt to label them.

This year's theme of the M/MLA is "Play...No, Seriously." For more information on the conference and membership in the M/MLA, visit http://luc.edu/mmla/annualconvention.html or to visit the CFP at http://luc.edu/mmla/callforpapers.html#ps

The abstract should be 250 words and be submitted to the Chair, Lee Skallerup Bessette (lee.bessette@gmail.com) before May 20, 2011. Any questions can also be directed to the chair.

cfp categories: 
african-american
ethnicity_and_national_identity
poetry
postcolonial
twentieth_century_and_beyond