REMINDER: Deadline 1 January 2014: MLA 2015: Personas in Production (8-11 January; Vancouver, Canada)

full name / name of organization: 
Melanie R. Wattenbarger

This proposed special session will examine the typefication, marketing practices and consumption of a diasporic author's identity in the publishing process. By "publishing process" this examination is intended to focus on any time frame from the moment the author finishes writing her piece, through the editing process, to the point when the physical work is available on book shelves and the marketing of the work beyond its dissemination. Genres could include literature, poetry, or drama.
Some questions to consider include: How does the publishing industry create and sell a persona of authors with hybrid/hyphenated identities? How are diasporic authors' identities sold and consumed in the literary market? Are authors presented as fully assimilated to the host country or as concretely tied to "ethnic" roots? Particularly when second and third generation immigrant writers are being marketed in relation to the motherland, how is their identity accepted as authentic? How does current scholarship on identity, nationhood, ethnicity, groupism and diaspora apply to the actual practices in the publishing field? As academics, how do scholars contribute to the perception, reception and dissemination of diasporic authors' personas to a wider reading public?
This session is a largely discussion-based panel so final papers must be limited to fifteen minutes for presentation time. Do note that this is not a guaranteed session.
Submission requirements:
250 word abstract, 1 page CV in docx or doc format.
Submission Deadline:
1 January 2014
Kindly submit to
Thank you,
Melanie Wattenbarger
University of Mumbai
European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB)