Transnational Literatures, Gender, and State Power (2012 NeMLA, 9/30)

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Call for Papers: Transnational Literatures, Gender, and State Power

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit From the Goon Squad

Seeking papers on the convergence of transnational literatures, gender, and state power.

Particularly interested in:

*How literature and contemporary or historical world affairs influence one another.
*Whether the special qualities of transnational literature such as border crossing, hybridity, code-switching, and/or the erosion of cultural barriers situate it to confront political injustice.
*The roles of literature (broadly defined) and gender with regard to the 2011 Arab uprisings, major world elections, state repression, or specific human rights violations.
*(Gendered) confrontations between the author and the state.

Deadline: September 30, 2011

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Please send 250-500 word abstracts or questions to:
Joan Conwell, East Carolina University
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