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Group on "Literature of the United States in Languages Other Than English" was granted permanent status by the Modern Language Association Executive Council in 2001. The Group is planning a panel at the MLA Convention in December 2002 on the topic of "New Perspectives on American Texts" for which proposals for papers are invited.
New Perspectives on American Texts - Non-English American texts,
written, oral, or otherwise, have in most instances been composed
within traditions and cultures that are different from those of mainstream America. Evaluated nevertheless by prevalent approaches, they have, more often than not, been misappreciated. What are the perspectives and criteria that need to be embraced, foregrounded, developed or negotiated for a just assessment of these American texts? How should current critical theory be transformed to accommodate the complex cultural workings of these transnational texts? What non-English heritages of story-telling, narration and literary representation would need to be canonized? How would this affect in turn the English-language tradition?
This panel proposes to explore and provide a forum for reflection
on these issues through critical readings of specific texts. Papers
may focus on indigenous American texts as well as American texts in all
languages other than English. Comparative studies of any aspect of the
topic are also welcome.
Abstracts (or fully-written papers) should be addressed as soon as possible, but no later than March 31, 2002 to:
Department of English
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voice mail: 90 (312) 290-2044 or 266-5071
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