CFP: [American] Immigrant or Exile? (Literatures of the U.S. in Languages Other Than English)

full name / name of organization: 
Michael Clinton Bruce

The MLA Discussion Group on Literatures of the U.S. in Languages Other Than
English announces the theme of its annual meeting, to be held at the 2009
Convention of the MLA in Philadelphia:

Immigrant or Exile?

When do immigrants position themselves as exiles? When do exiles become
immigrants? Cultural production, broadly construed as literature and other
forms of creative media, “made in the U.S.A.” in languages other than
English has often thematized the experience and affect of exile,
uprootedness, and dislocation. The panel will examine whether, how, and why
significant differences may exist in the poetics/aesthetics of works
produced from the viewpoint of “exiles” or from that of “immigrants.”
Furthermore, these two categories are hardly static, and the transition
from exile to immigrant may occur for a variety of reasons â€" or not at all.
The designation as one or the other may form a consensus among a given
community or, conversely, represent a stance taken by an individual writer
or artist. Literature or other works of art can either legitimize that
consensus or create dissonance. Obviously, the lines of tension that emerge
are specific to particular groups, each with their own histories,
aspirations, and relationship to their homeland and to the U.S. Given this
extreme diversity, papers dealing with works from any linguistic community
are welcome. Studies of contemporary works are encouraged, though the panel
is open to proposals dealing with any time period.

Possible topics of proposals may include but are not limited to the
following questions:

·How do writers represent diaspora?
·How does the experience of war condition the immigrant or the exile?
·What accommodations do immigrants make to the U.S. culture that exiles do not?
·What linguistic compromises do immigrants make in their native language
that exiles do not?
·How is nation building reflected in immigrant cultural production?
·What conclusions can be drawn about the politics, circulation, and
reception of exile/immigrant televisual or theatrical production?
·How do the political interests of the exile differ from those of the
·How is the expression of nostalgia different for immigrants and exiles?
·How do indigenous writers use the language of exile and diaspora?
·How do writers address internal "immigrant" exile and alienation?
Abstracts (250 words or less) and CVs should be sent to no later than March 15, 2009.

N.B.: The 2009 MLA Annual Convention will be held in Philadelphia from 27
to 30 December. The exact date and time of this session have not been

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