CFP: [African-American] CFP: Symposium on Richard Wright

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Nicole N. Aljoe
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Symposium on "Richard Wright: The Man, the Writer,
and his Place in American and African American Letters"
University of Utah
April 2-5, 2009

The Department of English and the Ethnic Studies Program at the University
of Utah and the African American Literature and Culture Society of the
American Literature Association are soliciting scholarly papers for the
symposium "Richard Wright: The Man, the Writer and Their Place in American
and African American Letters." We are especially interested in papers that

• Wright's journalism
• Wright's use of allusion
• Wright's engagement with moral and ethical issues
• Wright's relationship with George Padmore and other Pan-Africanists
• Wright's correspondence with Frantz Fanon and other Francophone intellectuals
• Wright's works and post-colonial theory
• Censorship of works by Wright and other American authors in the United States
• Wright's aesthetic and poetics
• Wright’s image of the South
• Verbal and visual promotion of Wright's works from 1938 to the present
• Shifting assumptions in Wright scholarship
• Reassessment of gender issues in Wright's fiction and non-fiction
• Wright and the traditions of Black Nationalism
• Wright’s poetry

Other topics that illuminate Wright's continuing importance in African
American and American letters are welcomed. Papers should be so designed
that presentation does not exceed 25 minutes.

Queries and abstracts for proposed papers should be sent to Professor
Wilfred D. Samuels, Department of English, University of Utah 255 S.
Central Campus Drive, Room 3500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112 no later than
October 31, 2008. The deadline for submitting accepted papers is February
1, 2009. Accepted papers will be considered for publication as part of the
symposium proceedings.

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