CFP: Acceptance/Rejection in Literatures of Africa and the Caribbean (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Walt Collins
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Call for Papers Themes of Acceptance and/or Rejection in Literatures of =
Africa and the Caribbean 38th Convention, Northeast Modern Language =
Association (NeMLA)March 1-4, 2007Baltimore, Maryland From =
issues surrounding cultural phenomena to extremely personal notions of =
self-development, African and Caribbean writers continue into the =
twenty-first century to deal in their works with themes of rejection and =
acceptance. From the beginning of European colonization in Africa and the =
Caribbean, immense tension between the colonizer and the colonized has =
existed. In his 1993 book, Culture and Imperialism, Edward Sa=EFd notes =
that "neither imperialism nor colonialism is a simple act of accumulation =
and acquisition* Out of imperialism, notions about culture were classified,=
 reinforced, criticised or rejected." Even at independence, people in =
formally colonized countries found it difficult to move forward as =
residual effects of colonization and imperialism continued to haunt them =
in many ways. Indeed, African and Caribbean writers strive to write =
outside the complex power structures that decades of colonial rule and =
ultimate independence exercised over them, their ancestors and their =
respective countries. The fact that themes of rejection and acceptance in =
African and Caribbean literary works continue even now, 45 to 50 years =
following the independence of most of the countries in question, is =
significant and points to the importance of continued re/examination of =
such problematic matters. How do writers deal with the overwhelming and =
all encompassing influences of colonization? What answers do their =
literary works proffer to ease the continuous friction created when one =
culture decided to colonize another? A session panel on Literature of =
Africa and the Caribbean proposes evaluations of themes of acceptance and =
rejection in the most expansive sense. Thematic conceptions might include, =
but are certainly not limited to, the following:examinations of literary =
text(s) in connection with Bhabha's concept of ambivalence;examples of =
filiation/affiliation in African and Caribbean literary texts;notions of =
self-development and/or selfhood;cultural/linguistic appropriation;N=E9grit=
ude movement;Bhabha's concept of hybridity Deadline: September 15, 2006 =
Please send inquiries and abstracts/paper proposals of no more than 300 =
words to: Dr. Walter CollinsAssistant Professor of French and EnglishUniv. =
of South Carolina, LancasterPO Box 889Lancaster, SC 29721 or preferably to =
the following e-mail address:<> Please include with your =
abstract: Name and Affiliation Email address Postal address Telephone =
numberA/V requirements (if any) 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=
.Walter P. Collins, III, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of French and English
Lancaster Campus Director, University 101 Program
USC Lancaster
PO Box 889
Lancaster, SC 29721
(803) 313-7191
FAX (803) 313-7106

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