Panel "Women and Literature in the Americas"

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Institut des Amériques - CAER - LERMA (Aix-en-Provence, France)

On the occasion of the 11th Annual International Conference of the Institut des Amériques (IDA), 4-6 December, 2013, Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, France, we invite paper proposals for panel sessions on "Women and Literature in the Americas"

The panels provide an opportunity to examine the writing strategies of women authors from different cultural, historical and spatial spheres so as to analyze how they question notions of identity and space, how they revisit relations to body, corporeity and embodiment, and how they advocate reconfigurations of social relations and alternative ethics, politics and aesthetics. We are also interested in engaging with women's writing that investigate relationship to memory, and challenge the power of official narratives and/or state discourse. Three sessions will investigate these topics – including all periods and locations from the Colonial period to the present day. The first invites original research into the notion and conceptualization of "transnational women's writing". Proposals on the impact of immigration and memory on writing strategies are especially welcome. The second focuses on writing the body in its dual relationship to subjectivity and the community. The third examines women's writing today in terms of new genres and trends. Panel sessions:
1. Social, political and aesthetic dimensions of transnational women's writing.
2. Subjectivity, identity, community: writing the body, desire and corporeity.
3. Women's writing today: new trends, new genres.

Conference languages are English, French and Spanish.

Proposals should be sent to: Dante Barrientos (Aix-Marseille Université, Centre Aixois des Etudes Romanes) and Anne Reynes-Delobel (Aix-Marseille Université, Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Monde Anglophone) by April 1, 2013. They should include a one page abstract and one page bio, including institutional affiliation.

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