UPDATE: Kathy Acker, Transatlanticism and the Transnational (7/31/06; collection)

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Kathryn nicol
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Update - the deadline for proposals has been extended to 31st July 2006, and
the deadline for final essays to 1st December 2006.

Kathy Acker, Transatlanticism and the Transnational

edited by Polina Mackay and Kathryn Nicol

Papers are invited for a new collection on the work of Kathy Acker,
addressing Acker's work in relation to the transatlantic and the

Though most recognised as an exponent of American literary postmodernism,
Kathy Acker's work consistently looks beyond the borders of the nation and
raises questions about the relationships between writing, nation, culture
and power. In particular, her writing displays an acute consciousness of
systems of global domination and exchange, and challenges any
straightforward account of literary cosmopolitanism. By locating Acker's
writing primarily through its engagement with multiple literary traditions
and histories, and crossing of national, cultural and artistic boundaries,
this collection will explore the ways in which Acker's work expands our
understanding of global cultural exchange in the contemporary world.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Intersections with British, French and Spanish literature
Acker and travel writing
Acker and Algeria
Representations of Islam and the Arabic context
Empire and post-empire
Acker's British journalism
Acker and international feminism
Acker and cosmopolitanism and/or globalisation

We also welcome more general essays that explore any conceptual aspect of
the collection.

Please send proposals (300 words) by July 31th 2006 to kate_edin_at_hotmail.com
and polinamackay_at_aol.com. Final essays should be 4,000-6,000 words and will
be due 1st December 2006.

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