CFP: Representations of the Body in African-American Literature (NeMLA; April 7-11 2010)

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Angela J. Francis
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"Representations of the Body in African-American Literature"

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA April 7-11, 2010 Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure)

From depictions of freedom and enslavement to portrayals of race relations and everyday life, African-American bodies, their capabilities and limitations, and their cultural representations play a strong role in African-American texts. This panel seeks to explore the way bodies are written into being in African-American literature and asks how they are extended and delimited to portray the presence or absence of power, unity, and cultural capital.

Please send 250-word abstracts to Angela Francis at
Deadline: September 30, 2009

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention are posted at

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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