ACLA 2019 Panel -- The Islamic Empire in Literary Theory, World Literature, World Cinema, and Media
Throughout the twentieth century literary studies that focused on world literature were defined and challenged by anti-colonial and postcolonial thought. Postcolonial theory focused on a critique of modernity and especially a critique of western empires. This panel seeks to shift the focus of the study of empire and invites papers that consider representations of the Islamic Empire. We invite papers that analyze literature, film, and other media that engage with Islam as a religion and culture. We ask the following questions, among others: To what extent has Islam affected western immigration policies? How has Islam been represented in various forms of cultural production? How have European anxieties after the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire affected cultural representations of the Islamic Empire? Ultimately, this panel seeks to understand the role that Islamic Empires had in shaping the cultures with which they had contact, and how this contact affected the literary and cinematic imaginations of these cultures. In addition, we welcome papers that engage with the lack of scholarship on the Islamic Empire in literary theory, postcolonial theory, and world literature.
Submissions due directly on the ACLA website by August 31, 2018 (acla.org)