Disability in Postmodern American Literature (NeMLA, April 3-6, 2014) [UPDATE]

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Katherine Lashley, Morgan State University
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45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Postmodern literature tends to present characters and stories that are fragmented, lending itself to an analysis of the self. This blends well with disability studies, which holds that there are many kinds of disabilities, including impairments and illnesses. This panel will explore disabilities in postmodern literature, including physical, mental, emotional, sexual, and social. Literature by postmodern authors that can be considered include Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, Kathy Acker, and Toni Morrison, as well as less popular postmodern literature. Considerations include the medical and social models of disability, and previous and current conventions of the "cure." Papers should explore how the presentation of disability reflects or critiques notions of identity, the self, and/or disability? The analysis of disabilities in postmodern literature can also be combined with gender, queer theory, African American studies, postcolonial theory, and eco-criticism, among others. Likewise, focus can be placed on the characteristics of postmodern literature in relation to disability: metafiction, historiographic metafiction, pastiche, and magical realism.

Send abstracts of 300 words to Katherine Lashley, Morgan State University, at kalash08@aim.com by September 30, 2013. Please provide a brief bio (including academic affiliation and contact information).

Deadline: September 30, 2013
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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: "the best book you'll read this year." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw's plays at the Players Club in New York City.

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