CFP: [Ethnic] ALA CAALS Asian American Popular Genre Fiction (1/10/08; ALA/CAALS, 5/22/08 - 5/25/08)

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Greta Niu
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CFP: Aesthetics, Politics & Marketing of Asian American Genre Fiction
(1/10/08; ALA/CAALS, 5/22/08- 5/25/08)

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) invites papers for a
panel that addresses the growing number of Asian American writers working
in alternative prose fiction genres such as mystery/detective/crime
fiction, romance/"chick lit", science fiction, graphic novels, or any other
genre that falls under the categorization of "genre fiction." Once thought
of as a literature of "ill-repute" by the belletristic mainstream, genre
fiction was long relegated to the margins of the literary academe. Many
Asian American texts were first published by small presses and/or
university presses, but more recently, mass market and trade publishers
have been promoting a number of titles written by Asian American authors.
We seek papers on works by Asian American writers who consciously choose to
write genre fiction as a subversive or complicit narrative act. The aim of
the panel is to investigate whether Asian American genre fiction expands or
constrains the models and vocabularies of Asian American literary
representation by negotiating established formal and thematic conventions,
navigating the demands of fan culture and the publishing market, and
interrogating genre fiction's pop-cultural cachet vis-à-vis what Sven
Birkerts calls "literature with a capital L."

CAALS is a member of the American Literature Association. The ALA meeting
will be held in San Francisco, May 22-25, 2008 (Memorial Day weekend).

Please email a 250-word abstract and a two-page CV to BOTH Betsy Huang and
Greta Niu, co-chairs, by January 10, 2008. Please feel free to contact us
with any questions.

Betsy Huang
Department of English
Clark University

Greta Niu
Department of English
University of Rochester

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