New Approaches to the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012)

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Maria Rice Bellamy / College of Staten Island/CUNY
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Toni Morrison’s latest novel, A Mercy, demonstrates the contemporary writer’s continued preoccupation with the history of slavery in the New World as well as the ever expanding range of approaches to this subject matter. This panel invites papers that examine contemporary narratives of slavery (written after 1970) and how they render this historical experience in terms that challenge contemporary readers of all racial backgrounds.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and brief cv to Maria Rice Bellamy at by September 30, 2011.

The 43rd annual NEMLA convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

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