CFP: "Beyond Writing Back to the Empire: Second Wave of African and Caribbean Writers"

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NeMLA 2012 (March 15-18, Rochester, NY)
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Call for Papers: "Beyond Writing Back to the Empire: Second Wave of African and Caribbean Writers"

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York, held at Hyatt Regency Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Bill Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin define post-colonial texts as 'the rereading and the rewriting of the European historical and fictional record' (The Empire Writes Back, p. 196). Nevertheless, the act of writing back to the empire interlocks African (including South and North African) writers and Caribbean authors in a binary stance whereby the relationship of Anglophone authors with the West is fraught with post-colonial tensions and aporias, as is evident in the works of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Samuel Selvon, Tayeb Salih, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Derek Walcott. Some of the questions the panel will address include: Does the second wave of African and Caribbean Authors, i.e. authors whose works emerged after 1980, follow this pattern, of writing back to the empire? Does the Empire continue to be epicentre in their works, or have they managed to forge a different relationship with the West, and the world in general, that transcend Manichean binarism? What are the themes and issues depicted in their writings? What are the characteristics of their writings? How do current authors depict race and racial tensions in their works? What are the ideologies and literary influences that shape the writings of those authors? Interested participants can e-mail their proposals to Suha Kudsieh at ( by September 30, 2011.
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The 43rd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as pre-conference workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2012 Convention will be posted on:

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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