September 30 Deadline - NeMLA Conference Panel Great Write North: 20th Century Canadian Fiction and Global Influence Panel

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Northeast Modern Language Association

Great Write North: 20th Century Canadian Fiction and Global Influence

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

This panel will examine the contributions made by Canadian authors in the twentieth century, particularly with an eye to literature as point of contact with foreign culture and works representative of significant historical epochs as witnessed through Canadian literary perspectives. Canadian literature made a significant impact on world literature during the past century, carving out a unique multicultural sensibility and establishing distinctive voices. The worldwide attention to the century's national oeuvre has had a significant influence on international letters. Canadian literature goes well beyond the sum of its literary giants and prospective panelists are welcome to think beyond the nation's better-known literary figures. Also, consider this panel's primary goal as more than a rehearsal of standard Transatlantic, transnational tropes and rather an attempt to find new points of contact and new sites and moments of encounter in Canadian literature's ever-expanding readership. Literature gives Canada an exciting voice but also feel free to examine how this voice is interpreted, reinterpreted (and even misinterpreted) abroad—in terms of cultural representation and foreign media adaptations. Or, if you prefer, consider how Canadian authors or Canadian perspectives influenced other writers' work. We invite you to make grand claims on behalf of Canadian literary influence over twentieth century for an often humble populace. Please submit a 300-350 word abstract to:

Deadline: September 30, 2013
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