CFP: Heart's Day Conference: African American and Diasporic Writers (11/30/05; 2/10/06)

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Williams, Dana
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The Department of English at Howard University invites abstracts of papers
to be presented at its annual Heart's Day celebration to be held on the
university's main campus February 10, 2006. The Heart's Day Conference
commemorates the work of African American and Diasporic writers.
Since studies in the Humanities encourage "the absolute joy of learning" and
a "life commitment to reading," some themes discussed in relation to
literary and philosophic works that comprise the Humanities-for example,
cultural collision and resolution, loss and recovery, tradition and change,
the quest for personal integrity, the quest for kinship, the quest for the
greatest good, and the examined life-may apply to those indicated in
popular-culture genres like Aaron McGruder's comic strip The Boondocks. Can
we legitimately inquire of McGruder's The Boondocks and other works of
comedy, irony, and satire in terms of these themes? In addition to abstracts
which offer analyses of McGruder's The Boondocks, The Right to be Hostile,
and Birth of a Nation: A Comic Novel, we invite abstracts for papers which
contemporize the study of satire, irony, and comedy as produced by Black
authors and cartoonists from the 19th century through the hip-hop movement.
Abstracts of 400 words or less should be submitted by November 30, 2005 to Select proceedings of the conference will likely be
published as a collection of essays or as a special issue of a peer reviewed
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