Postcolonial Satires

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Amy L. Friedman / NeMLA 2020
contact email: 

The Empire definitely wrote back, often with defiance, mockery, and wit.

As Bill Ashcroft summarizes of postcolonial criticism, “this was a new way of reading those literatures that emphasized their transformative power as well as their difference.”

I am seeking papers on satirical material, in all media, which engage with postcolonial issues.

Papers might address identity formation, cultural dependencies, de-colonizing languages, the forging of cultural autonomy, the emergence of indigenous postcolonial cultures, issues of race and prejudice, the growth of literacy, the endurance of oral cultures, and/or the impacts of a global economy. Examples could come from Africa, the Indian sub-continent, or Australia, but this is also a space to present work from locations which show up less frequently on NeMLA panels, so do consider proposing papers on authors and work from Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, and postcolonial Asian nations beyond the sub-continent.

This panel aims to stimulate discussion that contributes to a renewal of critical analysis of satire, in the context of postcolonial writing and culture. 

Overall, this panel is a chance to explore satire’s considerable subversive powers, and the richness of postcolonial texts and visual media.

 Abstracts due by end of Sept. 2019