"Representations of Gendered Transnational Identity in Contemporary Literature" (proposals due 9/30/10; NeMLA 4/7-11/10)

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Women's & Gender Studies Caucus of the Northeast Modern Language Association
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The Women's & Gender Studies Caucus of the Northeast MLA invites papers for the caucus-sponsored panel at the 2010 Convention. Papers should analyze the ways that writers negotiate nationally-multiple, gendered identities. Discussion of transnational identity has been at the fore-front of cultural studies recently, and this panel will examine the intersection of those discussions with gender studies discussions. The conjunction of transnational and gendered identities may open up analysis of race, class, sexuality, and disability to explore marginalized perspectives or it may expose the development of cultural practices which create new spaces. Papers may consider such questions as:
- How does the intersection of gender and national identity inform, restrain, and/or liberate representations of identity in literature?
- How do writers "locate" gender between nations and cultures?
- How do writers represent intersections of language when living between nations and cultures?
- How do they negotiate shared traditions when living between nations and cultures?
- How do they critique, revise, or reconstruct cultural practices which account for the intersection of national and gendered identity?

Writers such as Ha Jin, Julia Alvarez, Sherman Alexie, Gloria Anzaldua, Seamus Heaney, Zadie Smith, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Victor Hernandez Cruz demonstrate the ways that narrative and speaker perspective, writing style, and imagery may vary greatly in response to the intersection of gender and transnational identity. How they represent the self literally and figuratively is a window into their gendered transnational experience. These examples represent only a fraction of the possible writers and topics which papers for this panel may address.

Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Kirsten Bartholomew Ortega at kortega@uccs.edu by September 30, 2010. Please include with your abstract:
- Name and affiliation
- Email address
- Postal address
- Telephone number
- A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

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. If your abstract is accepted, do not confirm your participation if you may cancel for another NeMLA session.