CFP: [Ethnic] American Literature Association panel: âMargins Within the Margins: Underrepresentation in Asian Ame

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Catherine Fung
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“Margins Within the Margins: Underrepresentation in Asian American Literary
American Literature Association 2009 â€" Boston, MA â€" May 21-24, 2009

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) is sponsoring a
panel at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston on
texts that remain understudied in Asian American literary criticism. This
panel aims to draw attention to texts that were perhaps overlooked or
ignored during their time of publication. (The “failure” and subsequent
revival of John Okada’s No-No Boy serves as an example.) This panel also
seeks work on experiences that remain underrepresented in Asian American
literary production. (Some examples could include work by Southeast Asian
American writers, Pacific Islander American writers, etc.) Papers submitted
for this panel should consider what paradigmatic challenges such texts pose
for Asian American literary criticism. How do these texts engage with
models of citizenship, assimilation and subjectivity? What idea of
“America” do these texts imagine? How do these texts work in dialogue with
notions of diaspora? Please send 1-page abstracts & 2-page CVs by January
21 to Catherine Fung via email:

For information on the
American Literature Association conference, please go to the following

If you are selected and agree to present your work on this panel, you will
need to become a member of CAALS. Membership requires a $10 fee and is open
to all. Please see the following website for details:

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