[UPDATE] Abstracts due 9/30/11; Maternal Hauntings: Feminine Spectral Identities & Ghosts in Asian American Literature (NeMLA)

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Jina Lee
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Call for papers:
43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, NY

Maternal Hauntings: Feminine Spectral Identities and Ghosts in Asian American Literature

Avery Gordon in Ghostly Matters claims, "The way of the ghost is haunting, and haunting is a particular way of knowing what has happened or is happening. Being haunted draws us affectively, sometimes against our will and always a bit magically, into the structure of feeling we come to experience, not as cold knowledge, but as a transformative recognition."
Asian American literature is abundant with representations of hauntings, ghosts, and feminine spectral identities. Authors such as ChangRae Lee, Amy Tan, Nora Okja Keller, Theresa Hak Kyung Ja, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jhumpa Lahiri, Suki Kim, Susana Choi, Bharati Mukherjee, Carlos Bulosan, Jessica Hagedorn, Frank Chin, Hisaye Yamamoto, and others utilize these hauntings and ghost figures to demonstrate what "has happened or is happening" to, perhaps, provide "transformative recognition" of trauma, memory, and historical discontinuities.

This panel seeks to investigate these representations and consider the following:
Are these representations vehicles through/by which postcolonial and diasporic trauma is articulated?
What are the haunted histories and locations of the Asian American experience in the literary field and in the American field of cultural production?
Are these ghosts redemptive figures?
Are hauntings the vehicle by which the politics of the body and interracial explorations are negotiated?
How is the folklore oral tradition distinctive from literary representations? How are modern writers negotiating this tradition? What are the implications of the haunting on/of the mother-daughter continuum?
What are the limits of Western critical approaches to literary representations of ghostly figures?

This panel seeks to theorize the maternal haunting, feminine spectral identities, and ghost figures in Asian American literature. Topics or critical paradigms can include, but are not limited to: memory, rape, trauma, the abject, silence, transnationalism, eroticism, materiality, femininity, miscegenation, consumption, loss, reception theory, and reader-response. Send a 1-page abstract and brief bio as a Word attachment to Jina Lee, JinaLeeCFP@gmail.com, with NEMLA in the subject line.

Deadline: September 30, 2011

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Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2012 Convention will be posted at: www.nemla.org.

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. Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.