Call for Papers
"Contemporary Survivor Stories"
40th Anniversary Convention, Northe ast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency, Boston, MA
Emerging across national literatures, in fact often thematizing transnational migration and promoting a global consciousness, contemporary survivor stories are "bottom-up" narratives of globalization's afflicted subjects. They flourish in popular subgenres, including film and television productions, but they are also represented by prominent authors such as Doris Lessing, Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, and Dave Eggers. They feature too in recent political discourse, as unchecked war making, ecological concerns, and financial "meltdowns" inspire prophecies for a "new dark age," driven by the shared perception that current world leaders lack solutions to a range of crises which stand to face disparate communities with common strategic and ethical challenges. Proposals are invited to explore the significance of specific instances of this "survival" narrative in contemporary literature and culture; send 250-word abstracts to Cornelius Collins, Rutgers University, corneliuscollins_at_rocketmail.com.
Deadline: September 15, 2008
Please include with your abstract:
Name and affiliation, e-mail address, postal address, telephone number, and A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee).
The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org. Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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