Wretched Refuge?: The Postmodern Immigrant Novel. Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association Feb. 26-March 1, 2009, Boston. Recent literary expressions of the postmodern immigrant experience reveal the limitations of realistic narrative to reflect, in the words of Junot Diaz, the "actual flows" of third world bodies in this universe. This panel will pose an inquiry into contemporary intersections of postmodernity, immigrant experiences in fiction, genre wanderings (fantasy, detective, and graphic novels), and degenerate or wretched riffs on the notion of "progress" in U.S. literature. Historical and cultural discussion of films or texts are welcome.
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