On Ends and Endings (extended deadline)
This is a proposed panel for SAMLA 91 (Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships) in Atlanta, GA, Nov. 8-10, 2019.
This panel aims to explore the rhetoric of ends and endings, whether they be concrete and material (the end of a book) or more contentious and conceptual (the end of an era). How do we talk about endings when they arrive? And how can language claim power over events by pronouncing them finished? Potential paper topics might include periodization and historiography, "late" style, life-writing and reflections on mortality, apocalyptic fiction and the anthropocene, or simply the famous last words to a novel. Ideally, the ends and endings we discuss will not be presumed and treated simply as content, but will instead help us think about our desire for (and fear of) the sense of an ending.
Abstracts, limited to 300 words, should be sent along with a c.v. to Ian Afflerbach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Panel contingent on acceptance by SAMLA organizing committee.