Literatures of the Fraser Valley - Thursday March 5, 2015

full name / name of organization: 
Department of English, University of the Fraser Valley
contact email: 
ceilidh.hart@ufv.ca

The Department of English at the University of the Fraser Valley is currently accepting proposals for its 2015 conference “Literatures of the Fraser Valley.” British Columbia has long been a beacon for storytellers’ imaginations, and while the lion’s share of critical attention to the literary culture of British Columbia seems often to rest on Vancouver, the Fraser Valley’s own literary community is as vibrant as ever. We are interested in taking stock of current and emerging trends in this literature, and are particularly interested in interrogating the multiple ways this part of the province is imagined and represented in fiction, poetry, drama, and oral narratives. This one day conference will be followed by an evening reading/performance with established and emerging writers working in and around the valley.

Papers for consideration might engage with any number of topics, including the following:
-the idea of “the West” in literature
-writing and reading beyond Vancouver
-the valley behind the city
-the Fraser Valley’s diverse communities
-Mennonite literature
-Aboriginal literatures and/or oral cultures
-publishing and material culture in BC
-questions of transnationality related to the West Coast
-eco-literature and eco-criticism
-tensions between regionalism and cosmopolitanism
-intersections between the literary and the political
-staging BC
-borders and boundaries
-writing the history/writing the politics of the valley
-children’s literature of the valley

Proposals should be approximately 250 words, clearly outlining the text(s) and argument to be presented in a paper of about 20 minutes.

Please send proposals, along with a brief 50 word bio to ceilidh.hart@ufv.ca.

Deadline for proposals: October 15, 2014.

cfp categories: 
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
popular_culture
postcolonial
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond