CFP: [American] Literatures of Montreal

full name / name of organization: 
Kelly MacPhail

Literatures of Montreal
40th Anniversary Convention,
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26â€"March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regencyâ€"Boston, Massachusetts

Anticipating Montreal's role in 2010 as the next NeMLA host, this panel
proposes to explore the city's unique position as a focal point of literary
innovation and creativity. Although the majority of the population has
traditionally been characterized as either francophone or anglophone, there
has also been a vocal presence of other language groups and cultures. Both
in the past and in the present day, this metropolitan milieu has provoked
questions of identity and survival while sparking frank public debate that
continually fuels the city's vital sense of creativity and invigoration.
Historically, it has inspired writers as diverse as Émile Nelligan, Hubert
Aquin, Nicole Brossard, Leonard Cohen, Hugh MacLennan, Mavis Gallant,
Irving Layton, Mordecai Richler, Michel Tremblay, Gail Scott, and Gaston
Miron. The city's role as a literary fountainhead continues; Montreal has
attracted the highest ratio of artists and creative writers in Canada, and
in 2005, was named UNESCO's World Book Capital. This panel proposes to
focus on writing that investigates this special urban space through its
particular historical significance as expressed through the quotidian
relationships between its various communities as well as with the rest of
Canada and the wider world. We will explore the varying voices of its
multilingual and multicultural communities by asking how the city's
literatures reflect its history of conflicts, challenge, and concord, and
how those histories further constitute the city as a literary space.
Papers can be in either English or French. Please send 200 word proposals
to Kelly MacPhail at kelly.macphail(at) by September 15, 2008.

A regional MLA, NeMLA offers a vibrant yet more intimate conference
experience. The 2009 Call for Papers in Boston features almost 350
sessions, covering all aspects of scholarship and teaching in the modern
languages and literatures. Special events will include presentations by Ha
Jin (Boston University) and John Stauffer (Harvard University) and events
with Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the
American Antiquarian Society.

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention is posted at Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than
one NeMLA panel; however, panelists can only present one paper. Convention
participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at
a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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