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"III International Conference on the American Literary West" (U.Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: October 8-10, 2014)
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REWEST (UPV/EHU, U. Basque Country)
THE AMERICAN LITERARY WEST: A TERRITORY WITHOUT BORDERS?
The III International Conference on “The American Literary West,” organized by the REWEST research group (UPV/EHU, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) will address the literary representation of the American West, centering on the different meanings, connotations, and implications of the term “border” in our present century when used in connection with this peculiar region. We invite papers exploring theoretical and practical aspects of the West as a pluralistic literary space, with a special attention to twenty-first century western texts that renew and revise the traditional imaginary of western American literature. The symposium will privilege transnational and interdisciplinary approaches aiming to understand properly a genre whose iconography has moved well beyond both national limits and literary borders. Of particular interest will be the complex relationships between literature and a series of socio-political, economic, and cultural events that have taken place in the present century, as illustrated by 9/11 and its aftermath, the economic recession, globalization, immigration, feminism, interculturality or the contemporary environmental crisis. Similarly, we will also examine the transnational characteristics of the American West, discussing the literary representation of the American West beyond US borders. The conference will also extend the analysis of western iconography to other artistic manifestations beyond writing, exploring the cultural transfers between literature and other cultural phenomena. Certainly, the long-lasting cultural transfers and intertextual links between western writing and western movies will be a major issue in this conference. However, this forum will also address other cultural and artistic manifestations that interact, overlap, and interrelate with western writing in complex, often dialogic ways, as exemplified by television, music, photography, art, digital art, video-games, the internet, sports, comics and graphic novels, or translation.
Please send 300 word abstracts (also a short bio and five key words, not included in the 300 words limit) to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2014. Papers may be presented in English, Spanish or Basque, though the official language of the conference will be English.
Confirmed plenary speakers:
- Krista Comer (Rice University, Texas)
The Organizing Committee
III International Conference on “The American Literary West”