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Transnational American Lit, a panel at (dis)junctions Graduate Conference, Apr 5-6. DEADLINE Feb 11
full name / name of organization:
Josh Pearson and Sarah Lozier, University of California, Riverside
Immigration and migration call into question the boundaries of American literature. As writers from all over the world reside in the United States and as writers from the United States often take on global themes, U.S. literature seems to be moving away from a national practice towards a global one. This panel invites papers that concern themselves with transnational American literature. Paper submitted to this panel may address the following questions: What differing or related perspectives on globalization emerge in American literature and postcolonial literature? How does the global flow of capital influence textual production, circulation and reception of texts? How does literature of diaspora and postcolonial literature disrupt or alter our concept of American literature? How are different American localities portrayed as global and how are global localities portrayed as American in literary texts and pop culture? What kind of hybrid global identities emerge and how is the idea of global American culture reaffirmed or contested in literature? Papers on this panel may take any number of critical or methodological approaches, but they should respond in some way to the relationship between American literature and culture and/or postcolonial literature and culture and globalization.
This is a panel call for the 20th Annual (dis)junctions Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Conference at the University of California, Riverside. This year’s general theme, “encountering with(in) texts,” examines the impact of situatedness, unexpectedness, and/or unpreparedness on “face to text” encounters with media objects, embodied encounters negotiated through or overdetermined by texts, and representations of “encountering” within texts. Please visit www.disjunctions2013.org for more information on this year’s theme, our other subject- and discipline-specific panel calls, and Keynote Speaker Dr. Nicholas Mirzeoff.