Pegagogy of the Literature Classroom: Social Justice Literature

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Thomas Cassidy SC State U
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The Birmingham meeting place of SAMLA 90 and the conference theme, “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies,” suggests the extent to which social justice has replaced literary aesthetics as the driving force of literary classroom pedagogy.  While our classrooms may still be filled with analysis of irony, depth, and complexity, it is certainly true that the intersectional barriers to social justice have become an animating force in the analysis of literature.  The questions this panel wants to ask include:

  • How do we use literature to interrogate the barriers to social justice? 
  • What stories do we tell our students, and how do we encourage students to become astute social critics?
  • When is the literature classroom the best time for this, and what are the limits? 
  • Have Trump, #MeToo, and #BlackLivesMatter killed the triumphalist paradigm? If so, what has replaced it?
  • Has the success of The Black Panther and Afrofuturism continue the civil rights discourse, or replaced it? How do we enlist the Panther for discussions of the movement and the movement for discussions of the Panther?
  • How do we enlist students into this discourse; or do we?

150-250 abstracts to by June 1.  Please include a brief bio and A/V requests. SAMLA 90 is Nov 2-4. 2018, and all panelists must be members before the registration deadline.