UPDATE: Canadian Literature (4/25/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Duncan Lucas
contact email: 

deadline for abstracts/proposals: April 25, 2006
apologies for the error in the original cfp.
send abstracts (200 words, no attachments) to: lucasd_at_mcmaster.ca

Midwest Modern Language Association, "High and Low Culture"
Chicago, November 9-12, 2006

Canadian Literature Section: "Post-colonialism or Diaspora? Whither =
cultural influence?"=20

Bobbi Sykes quipped, 'What? Postcolonialism? Have they left?' She =
captures a terminological problem: the term's centre cannot hold because =
the process has not ended. Postcolonial analysis has tended to focus on =
imposed sociopolitical hierarchies as cultural influence. As a critical =
response, diasporic discourse emerged to highlight networks of cultural =
distribution and multivalent influence. Both approaches interrogate =
oppression, victimhood, and mass migration: are these discourses =
(in)compatible? A recent issue of Postcolonial Text (2.1; =
http://pkp.ubc.ca/pocol/) considers the instability of =
postcolonial-diasporic critique with deference to 'globalization.' If =
Canada is a 'multicultural' society, and taking postcolonialism versus =
diasporic discourse not as dichotomy but as a continuum, this panel will =
explore issues of systemic cultural influence with examples from =
Canadian literature. How do issues raised by these academic discourses =
play out in Canadian literature?

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