CFP -- "Relocating Andrea Lee" (Abstract due Sept. 30, 2013)

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Host: Susquehanna University
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Over a span of 35 years, the international settings of Andrea Lee's fiction and non-fiction have helped situate her as a black cosmopolitan writer. From her first publication, a 1981 New Yorker essay about a B. B. King concert in Leningrad, to her most recent novel, Lost Hearts in Italy (2006), about an interracial love triangle in Rome, Lee has redefined the bounds of black female subjectivity by crossing racial and geographical boundaries. While critics have placed Lee, a native of Philadelphia, squarely outside an African American literary protest tradition, Lee's novels, story collections, travel memoir, and essays do not fail to engage the ostensibly "domestic" concerns of U.S. civil rights history and racial integration. This panel seeks papers that address Lee's use of transnational locations, figures, and legacies to interrogate U.S. racial constructs in the post-Civil Rights and (post-)Cold War eras. Lee's juxtapositions often lead to disturbances, disruptions, or discomfort, and this panel invites papers that address the notions of race complicated by the transnational relationships in her work. This session welcomes proposals that consider the following in relation to Lee's work: genre, narrative strategy, textual geographies, critical race and black feminist literary criticism, literary history, and diaspora. Papers on the significance of Lee's identity as a Pennsylvania writer with origins in an affluent suburb of Philadelphia are especially encouraged.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief biographical statement to Shaundra Myers (

Deadline: September 30, 2013

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