CFP: Globalization and Literary Studies (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Omaar Hena
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38th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 1-4, 2007
Baltimore, Maryland

Globalization is by many accounts the central crisis of our age. And in the
wake of postcolonial studies and the events of 9/11, literary studies has
made a definitive 'global turn.' But we have still only begun to examine the
myriad effects of globalization upon literary texts (broadly defined to
include prose fiction and non-fiction, drama, poetry, film, electronic
texts, and popular culture in all its forms).

"Globalization and Literary Studies" invites papers that explore the impact
of globalization studies on the literary, the contribution of literature to
global processes, and/or the ways globalization appears in specific literary
texts. Possible questions for examination may include: what do we mean by
'global' and 'globalization' when speaking about literature? How do we read
for and teach the global in literature? In what ways do literary texts
reflect contemporary crises of globalization? How do global presences in
national literatures challenge the authority of the nation-state as the
organizing rubric for reading literature? Does the global in literature
highlight or mask cultural difference, history, and political conflict? How
is the local re-negotiated in a global context? Does literature contain
counter-discourses to dominant understandings of globalization or does it
only repeat and flaunt ideologies of globalization? What risks and
possibilities are at stake in the globalization of literary studies?

Please send 300-500 words paper abstracts, preferably by e-mail attachment,

Omaar Hena
261 Crepe Myrtle Circle
Winston-Salem, NC

Deadline: September 15, 2006

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For the complete Call for Papers for the 2007 Convention, please visit:
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present at a paper session panel and also present at a creative session or
participate in a roundtable.

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