Narrative Dumplings: Remembering Toni Morrison & Paule Marshall

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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The literary world lost both Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall within a week of each other in August 2019. Together, these renowned Black women writers influenced generations of writers, summed up most memorably by Edwidge Danticat’s recent reflections in The New Yorker: “Both Ms. Morrison and Ms. Marshall have helped me make my narrative dumplings.”

This roundtable seeks papers that reexamine the works of Morrison and Marshall, as well as their influence over other writers. For instance, 2020 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye; papers that examine its prose and significance would be both provocative and timely. Papers can offer close readings/critically explore specific texts in either writer’s oeuvre, highlight pedagogical approaches, or be comparative in scope, among other topics. The only requirement is that they focus on any of the writings by Toni Morrison and/or Paule Marshall. To submit to this roundtable, please upload your 250 word abstract to NeMLA submission portal: