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September 30, 2011 Deadline

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:21pm

"Identity, Identification, and Subject in the Marginal Literatures of Germany"

This panel seeks papers on the examination of the relationships between identity, identification, and subject within the context of multi-language marginal literatures of Germany. The genres in focus are short prose, poetry and novel from the selected works of Turkish-German, Arab-German, (Far East) Asian-German and African-German writers. Please send 300 word English abstracts and brief bibliographical statements (via email and preferably in MSWord or PDF format) to Hulya Yilmaz, HNU1@psu.edu.

Sex, Blood, and Hybridity: The Discourse of Racial Anxiety in Antebellum Writing (NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 5:29pm
Rebecca Williams

In antebellum America, the notion of 'blood' as 'race' maintained a strong hold over the 19th century literary imagination. This panel will examine how antebellum literary texts worked dialectically with the new racial science of ethnology to respond to the dominant racial ideologies of the day. Mid-century works by authors as varied as Frederick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville, Lydia Maria Child, and Frances E.W. Harper illustrated very clearly the instability of racial classification and its resultant sexual anxieties. Rather than phenotype, references to 'white' blood and 'black' blood came to be regarded as the primary signifiers of racial traits.

[UPDATE] out of print, the evolution of twentieth-century writing, Friday 16 September 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:08am
School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UK

The conference will explore all aspects of the theme to ask: Why are some writers neglected? How can we read the position and problem of writing that is no longer published? What is at stake during the movement from page to other mediums? With the dawn of the kindle, what about the materiality of books, journals, newspapers? Has the role of small imprints changed, and what are the implications of print on demand? What happens at the margins of the printed? Rediscovery of neglected writing, the re-branding of second-hand books as desirable retro objects and an ever increasing number of film and television adaptations bring questions of the legacy and future of twentieth-century writing into ever-sharper focus.