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[UPDATE - DEADLINE EXTENDED] The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted
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Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference
The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted: People, Print, and Power
“In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end.”
Societies that are on the verge of, in the midst of, or adjusting to revolutions are thrust into significant turmoil and rejuvenation. The reaction of the people against the status quo leads to collective reinvention as conventional wisdom is rigorously questioned. Divergences from previous norms can become rallying points for issues surrounding race, gender, class, religion and other forms of identity that existed in the previous social order. When artists, writers and intellectuals engage in revolutions, cultural production becomes especially critical but more complex, often taking on a dual role. In content and form, it can galvanize revolutionary thought and energy and can, in turn, be impacted by revolution. While people fight for their rights, their freedom, and their survival with bayonets and bombs, words are used as weapons just as often. Writing can, itself, be a revolutionary technology and a powerful tool for the dissemination of new ideas. Literature inspires, echoes and preserves the revolutionary spirit of the people on the street, on paper, and through the screen. The best and worst of humanity are often exposed in the process leading to newly developed questions, rather than resolved answers.
This conference seeks papers that explore literature’s multifaceted function as a medium of revolutionary discourse, from its moments of inception to its most distant outlooks. We invite papers on topics including but not limited to the following:
● The role of ephemeral print media – newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, zines – in race, class and gender struggles
Abstracts of no more than 300 words are due February 28, 2014. Send by Word or pdf attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.