CFP: The Self in Travel Literature (3/1/07, MLA '07)

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Kimberly Eaton

Submissions are invited for this special session proposal for the 2007 MLA convention, which will be held in Chicago on 12/27/07 - 12/30/07.
  First person travel narratives offer insight into the place(s) visited and into the narrator. The focus becomes split between the narrative of the journey and the story of the person traveling. What does choosing the journey say about the self? How does a first person perspective affect genre and does it create an overlap with autiobiography? How does representing the self in travel narratives affect the portrayal of the place visited? The people visited? Do representations of the self impact the outsider view of the destination? Does the self create and/or emphasize colonial and postcolonial issues? How does the destination and people visited affect the representation of self? Do gender issues surrounding the narrator become greater or lesser through the travel narrative?
  Please send 300-500 word abstracts as MS Word attachments by March 1st, 2007 to Kimberly Eaton at Applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Panelists must be members of the MLA by April 1, 2007. Please note any audio/visual requirements and include your contact information/university affiliation.
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Received on Sun Feb 11 2007 - 15:56:41 EST