MMLA 2021: Countering the Culture in Contemporary Fiction
Marginalized groups may be contrary to the dominant culture within a society through their very own existence. In cultures where those who reinforce divisions may seek to ostracize the Other by portraying them in a negative light, counter-hegemonic representations of the marginalized can be revolutionary. This panel will examine how non-dominant cultures in contemporary literature are depicted in the context of the dominant.
Central questions include:
What makes something (e.g. an action, a person's/group's identity) within a dominant culture subversive?
What are the benefits and repercussions of acting against the collective conscience?
How do the oppressed interact with their oppressors?
What role does the subaltern play within societies depicted in contemporary literature?
What roles do differences and similarities play in terms of collective cultures?
Please submit a 250-word abstract with a short biography and contact information to Janice Yim at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2021.