CFP: Multicultural Literature in the Classroom @ Midwest MLA 2015 (Nov. 12-15, 2015, Columbus, OH); Proposals due April 5, 2015.

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"Bridging the Distances between Text and Reader: Strategies for Teaching Multicultural Literature in the Undergraduate Classroom"

Despite the growing number of dynamic multicultural texts available within the literary marketplace and the prevalence of undergraduate courses in which such texts are regularly taught, students' responses to narratives that explore perspectives and experiences which are often very different from their own can vary widely and present myriad challenges to the classroom instructor, who must serve as a bridge between the texts he/she teaches and a reading audience which may not be immediately receptive to the complex and frequently provocative narratives these texts articulate. With this dynamic in mind, this panel seeks papers that explore inventive classroom strategies that enable students to bridge the divide between their own experiences and perspectives and those depicted in the wealth of multicultural literature being taught in American classrooms today. Presentations which focus on the conference theme of "Arts and Sciences" are especially welcome, but those exploring interdisciplinary approaches to multicultural texts, newly published or little known texts, or classroom activities and field trips as a means of helping students to better understand and appreciate the voices and visions of multicultural authors would be welcome as well.

Please submit a 250- to 300-word abstract including paper title and a brief academic bio or CV to Dr. Christina Triezenberg, at triezech@gvsu.edu, by April 5.