Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel

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Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel (9/30/2015; 3/17-3/20 2016) NeMLA Hartford, CT

Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel
Chair: Tara Harney-Mahajan

47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016; Hartford, CT
Host Institution: University of Connecticut

In this age of "global literary studies," how does the postcolonial novel write and rewrite gender? How has the scholarship of postcolonial feminists, and more recently queer postcolonial feminist scholarship, intervened into these debates? For many postcolonial nations and spaces, the conditions of postcoloniality led to a proliferation of national and diasporic literature. Women's writing in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s confronted the contested place of "woman" in the postindependent nation, typically written by the elite women of these national spaces: The Country Girls by Irish writer Edna O'Brien, Nervous Conditions by Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga, and That Long Silence by Indian writer Shashi Deshpande, to name just a few, are representative of this genre. Postcolonial feminist literary critics have analyzed these writers' representations of women confined and controlled within the boundaries of their domestic and national spheres: some critics have read these novels as "representative" of women's experiences while others underscore the class positions of these writers and turn our attention, instead, to the myriad voices not accounted for within domestic literature written mostly by middle- and upper-class and caste women. Still, in much of this domestic literature, it becomes apparent that postindependence, state-sponsored reproductive heteronormativity demands the heteronormative family model—and the gendered hierarchy typically concomitant with such a structure—a structure that women's writing has maintained a commitment to interrogating. Within this complex terrain of women's writing and the postcolonial nation, this Women's and Gender Studies Caucus-sponsored panel welcomes abstracts that consider how the postcolonial novel writes and rewrites gender.

250 word abstract (for 15 minute papers) should be submitted via the NeMLA website by September 30, 2015.

To submit an abstract, go to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CreateUser and follow the instructions there to create a user account. Once you have created an account, you can follow the prompts to submit your abstract directly to the Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel.

Please include with your abstract: name and affiliation, email address, and A/V requirements

Please contact NeMLA Support Staff support@nemla.org regarding any questions you have about using the new submission system; Please contact tara_harney@yahoo.com regarding any questions you have about this panel.