CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Call for Papers, "World Literature and 'Design'" at CEA 2009

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Catherine S. Blackwell
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70th Anniversary Conference | March 26-28, 2009 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219;
(412) 281-7100

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in
English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on [special topic
title] for our 40th annual conference, celebrating the organization’s 70th

We welcome papers examining world literature of all eras from the
perspective of "design." A literary work's designâ€"its structure, themes,
motifs, plot, and characterizationsâ€"is arguably the joint creation of its
author(s), readers, and critics. But to what extent is this developmental
process culturally influenced? How significantly do national geographies,
histories, traditions, and ideologies shape a text during each "stage" of
its design? What is lostâ€"and what is gainedâ€"in translation as a text moves
from one culture to the next? How does world literature enrich our
understanding of and appreciation for "foreign" designs and, ultimately,
diverse cultures themselves? Please see the General CFP (below) for
submission guidelines.

General Conference Theme: Design

In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general
conference theme, Design. We live in a world atomized into text messages
and jump cuts, socially constructed snippets on networking sites,
fragmented blogs and news bites, ones and zeroes. In such a context, is
there still a role for conscious design - of literature, of art, of
rhetoric, of learning? After the death of the author, who designs the
texts we love to see, read, and study? Or do we make our own designations,
sketching out the plot, shading in the design, creating meaning as we find

General Call for Papers

CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English
departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing,
composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also
welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including
student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment,
student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the
place of the English department in the university.

Submission: August 31-November 1, 2008

For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at


All presenters at the 2009 CEA conference must become members of CEA by
January 1, 2009. To join CEA, please go to

More information

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Other questions? Please email


Catherine S. Blackwell
Chair, CEA 2009 World Literature Panel
Department of English
MS 3091
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409

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