CFP: Examining Popular African-American Literature (1/10/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

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Nash, Will
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The African-American Literature and Culture Society invites proposals
related to the following topic, for a session at the American Literature
Association meetings in Boston [May 24-27, 2007].


Examining Popular African-American Literature

The past decade has shown an efflorescence of African American popular
literature, especially genre fiction (e.g., mysteries, romance/erotica,
"gangsta" literature). Why are black audiences clamoring for these
sorts of novels? What social messages do novels in each of these genres
convey? Do African-American popular novels generally affirm
stereotypical visions of black identity, or does one find strategies of
resistance to stereotypical views of blackness inscribed in them? In
what, if any, ways does African-American popular literature differ from
popular literature directed primarily at white audiences?


 Please send 1-2 page proposals by January 10th to


 Prof. William R. Nash

Department of American Studies

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT 05753

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