[MLA Boston 2013 Panel] Across the Global Pacific: Transcultural Exchange and New Narrative Forms

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Koonyong Kim
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The past decade has seen an upsurge of interest in globalization and the resulting formation of transnational culture as scholars in a variety of disciplines seek to reconfigure national literature and culture from a global and planetary perspective. In response to such ongoing efforts to globalize or "world" the study of literature and culture, an increasing number of studies have begun to explore the Pacific Rim as a salient locus of transcultural interaction, appropriation, and contestation.

Building upon recent scholarship in the emergent field of Transpacific Studies, this panel aims to enrich the latter by delving into hitherto underexplored contemporary cultural forms in the context of transnational cultural exchange across the Pacific. As we bring into perspective the rise of the Pacific Rim as one of the most dynamic and vibrant sites of transcultural and transmedia production in the second half of the twentieth century, we propose to examine the ways in which transpacific cultural traffic has played a central role in the formation and evolution of innovative contemporary cultural forms including, most notably, video art, cyberpunk, electronic/digital literature, postmodern architecture, the transpacific historical novel, anime and manga, and computer online games.

We welcome any paper that discusses original contemporary cultural forms and media in conjunction with transpacific cultural formations. Possible figures to be considered include (but certainly are not limited to) Nam June Paik, I. M. Pei, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, William Gibson, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Mamoru Oshii, Satoshi Kon, Ang Lee, Ha Jin, Haruki Murakami, Young-ha Kim, and Karen Tei Yamashita.

If you are interested, send a 250 word abstract and a CV to Koonyong Kim (koonyong.kim@gmail.com) by March 27, 2012.