The development of ethnic literature epitomizes the complex relationship among literature, culture, and politics in a society. The recent immigration crisis from Asia and Africa to Europe has posed new questions for academia. Are current theories on ethnicity, race, and nationality still helpful in explaining the identity of these migrants? What do ethnicity and ethnic literature mean at this historical juncture? How do we view the relationship among ethnic literature, diaspora, and globalization?
Call for Papers
Shakespeare and the African-American Experience
February 17, 2017
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Any abstracts concerning the participation of African-Americans in stage productions, films, or literary criticism of Shakespeare’s plays are encouraged for submission.
American comics have a long and checkered history in the way they have portrayed racial difference, though more recent comics/graphic novels have used the medium to comment effectively on American racial politics. As the genre grows in popularity in bookstores and on college campuses, now seems an opportune time to take stock of the ways this medium has both fostered and critiqued racist attitudes. This panel welcomes submissions on this topic from any era of American comics/ graphic novels and from any literary critical or cultural studies perspective.
Call for Papers: ASAP/Journal Special Issue
Rules of Engagement:
Art, Process, Protest
Special Issue Editors: Melissa Lee, Jonathan P. Eburne, Amy J. Elias
Essay Submission Deadline: June 1, 2017
From Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables, a long tradition of antebellum American fiction concerns itself with the “prehistory” of American capitalism. While many critics have drawn attention to these formative years of a distinct American literature and their relation to the national imaginary, few if any have emphasized that these narratives underscore both the importance of land appropriation and the institution of economic contract to the transition between this “prehistory” and capitalist social relations.
Conference Dates: March 10-11, 2017
Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT
Keynote Speaker: Kim Gallon, Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University & Founder of the Black Press Research Collective
CFP: Panel at ACCUTE 2017, Ryerson University (Toronto) May 27-30, 2017
"Cognition Estrangement in American SF"
(A joint panel of the Canadian Association for American Studies and the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English)
Deadline: November 1st, 2016.
This issue would like to explore the relationship between Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, that of Shakespeare but also his contemporaries, and the representation of Africa, or, from a contextual viewpoint, the perception of the African continent in early modern England. The issue will also discuss 19th-21st c. re-writings, appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare by African and African-American writers, stage directors and film directors.
Proposals may discuss, among other issues:
Established scholars in the field of African-American letters seek contributors for a comprehensive volume they are editing on the Black Arts Movement. The book is under contract with a major academic press. Entries should run from 250 words for minor topics and up to approximately 3,000 for major topics. For more information and available authors, groups, works, etc., please contact Verner Mitchell at email@example.com.
The Journal of American Culture
CALL FOR PAPERS
Theme Issue: Visions of Black Womanhood in American Culture