CFP: Border Ethics in Literature (11/30/06; SGES, 2/16/07-2/18/07)

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Southwest Graduate English Symposium
  Arizona State University
  February 16 - 18 2007
  The Violent (Re)turn to Ethics?: Implications, Complications, and Situations
  Border Ethics in Literature
              Living so close to the physical border between Mexico and the United States creates, as Gloria Anzaldúa writes, a space where you must "continually walk out of one culture and into another." This panel seeks to highlight the growing list of ethical concerns in literature for those who see themselves as border-dwellers. While Chicano/as may be closer to this particular physical border, many other marginal groups deal with transgressing this border on a daily basis, as reflected in a variety of ethic/cultural writings as well as writing based on gender. How does being outside of a distinct border create ethical responsibility for both sides? How the characters in a given text respond to treatment that they endure as a result of living on/in this physical or metaphoric borderland? Does the style of the text also reflect this in-between state and the ethics involved in portraying the space legibly?
  The Southwest Graduate English Symposium at Arizona State University is asking for twenty minute presentations that focus on any of these questions as well as speak back to other academic and public fields (gender, race, science, technology, religion, art, history, philosophy, politics, etc.). The conference is inclusive and also welcomes creative interpretations of the topic. . Please send 300 word abstracts of paper submissions to attention: Stephanie.
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