Kennesaw State University's World Literature Conference / March 16-17 2012

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Khalil Elayan / English Department
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In consideration of the revolutionary wave in the Middle East with the ongoing “Arab Spring” there and in China with calls for a “Jasmine Revolution,” the 2012 World Literature Conference at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia will address the role of World Literature in reflecting, mediating, and transforming the concepts of empathy, democracy, forgiveness, cosmopolitanism, and the status of the nation-state. We invite scholars to take interdisciplinary approaches to the reading, reception, interpretation, translation, and teaching of World Literature. Possible topics may include: Exilic, diasporic, or counter-national texts; The commodification, marketing, and consumption of other cultures; Ethnic, sexual, generic, or media-textual hybridity; Empathetic reading and the role of forgiveness in World Literature; Aesthetic form, cultural capital, and uneven development; Shifting geographic, topographic, and identitarian markers in World Literature; Specters of utopia and ideologemes of democratization in World Literature; Historiography and canonicity of World Literature; Peripheral, transcultural, and “global village” notions of modernity; Genre or medium in relation to visual/textual economies. Please send a 300-word abstract and a 50-word biographical sketch to Khalil Elayan at and Larrie Dudenhoeffer at by 20 November 2011.

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