CFP: Panel on Traveling Genres (1/18/06, ASA in Oakland, CA 10/12-15/06)
TRAVELING GENRES/ASA AMERICA INSIDE AND OUT. We are hoping to solicit an additional paper for a panel on „Traveling Genres.“ The panel aims to examine transnational exchange by looking more closely at the dynamics of genre exchange. Edward Said has made us aware of how theories are transformed as they “travel” from one historical and social context to another. Drawing on Said, James Clifford has called for an exploration of how not only theory, but also populations, classes and genders travel. We would like to add the category of genre to the research agenda proposed by Clifford. The questions that this addition generates are as myriad as the genres which have journeyed between Old and New World in the last two centuries. The International Theme-Novel, the Gothic, and the Western are just a few examples that come to mind. How is the genre transformed through travel? In which ways do its elements take on new resonances and functions? What new genealogies are created through such cross cultural transfers?
Given the comparative interest of our panel, we expressly welcome proposals from outside the narrower range of American Studies.
Please send abstracts and a brief cv as word attachments to MaryAnn Snyder-Körber at the Kennedy-Institut, Berlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 18th.
John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien
Freie Universität Berlin
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