Textual Artifacts: Francophone Literatures and the Museum, NeMLA, Harrisburg, Apr. 3-6th, 2014 sub. deadline Sept. 30, 2013

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Northeast Modern Languages Association

This panel will examine how Francophone literary works represent museums or occupy them as artifacts on display. While wall text and written documents have always played a key role in exhibits, various genres of literature are also the object of their own museums. Moreover, contemporary writers from Bessora (53 cm, 1999) to Nicole Brossard (Musée de l'os et de l'eau, 2008) have taken an interest in the text as a form of discursive museum in its own right.

Papers that address the intersections between textual discourses and museum spaces in order to reinvent (post)colonial history or question traditional 'museology' in contemporary cultural contexts are welcome. They may also highlight the agency of Francophone writers and museum curators who reshape aesthetic, ethical, political, or epistemological issues through their work. Contributions are encouraged on various genres (the novel, la bande dessinée, book art, etc.) and areas of expertise in museum studies (collection, preservation, curation, performance art).

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract in English or French to Alisa Belanger: alisa.belanger@rutgers.edu.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
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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. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.html