New Perspectives on the Works of Meena Alexander, ALA 2011

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Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
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American Literature Association Conference, 2011
Boston, MA - May 26-29
Proposals due by January 10th

In conjunction with a planned reading by author Meena Alexander, the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies invites papers for a panel on the works of Alexander, who has crossed the borders of both nations and literary genres with her writing. As Alexander explains in her recent book Poetics of Dislocation (2009), "So it is when crossing borders – between India and America, or even between the rich multiethnic mix of New York and the white suburbs – I feel a transitoriness in the self, the need for a febrile translation. And somehow there is a violent edge to this process of cultural translation, the shifting worlds I inhabit, the borders I cross in my dreams, the poems I make." We welcome papers that consider ways in which Alexander, as the author of two novels, eight volumes of poetry, and four books of criticism, has experimented with poetic and prosaic forms as a means of translating the transitory self. Also, we encourage papers that examine the critical connections between Asian American, South Asian, and transnational/postcolonial studies via Alexander's texts. Please send a 1-page abstract and CV by email to Trevor Lee at by January 10, 2011. (Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation in your abstract.)

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