Sincerity and Authenticity in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture—RMMLA November 9-11, 2014, Boise, Idaho.
This panel proposes to explore notions of sincerity and authenticity in contemporary literary and cultural productions of any nationality. In what ways do such texts shrug off the lament of the postmodern era that a highly mediated and wholly commodified world empties social, cultural, and political life of any "real" content? Do these newer texts contest earlier notions of sincerity and authenticity or amend them? Can such texts said to be creating a grammar or rhetoric of sincerity? Papers might explore this topic with regard to aesthetics, economics, culture, race, class, gender, or nationality.
Please send a 300 word abstract and short bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28th.