This NeMLA panel invites papers on all aspects of oral narrative and its connection to culture. Building on last year’s panel, “Speaking the Story: Orality and Fiction,” this year’s panel expands our discussion of orality in cultural, genre, and media scope. Your essay need not be cross-cultural in itself, as long as cultural context is addressed in your analysis. Dimensions of orality explored may include, but are not limited to:
Literary uses of oral voice, structure, or aesthetics
Connections or tensions between orality, print, visuality, and/or musicality
Oral texts in postcolonial/decolonial/contracolonial contexts
Oral history in/through narrative
Community as defined through oral narrative and its offshoots
Please send 300 - 500 word abstract and 1 - 2 page CV to Trinna S. Frever, email@example.com by Sept 12.
Please include “NeMLA” in the subject line of your message. Also include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 fee required)
40th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26 - March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts
The Northeast Modern Language Association is a regional division of the MLA. Additional conference information may be found on the NeMLA website: http://www.nemla.org/convention/index.html
Please note that while interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel, panelists may only present one paper, so please plan accordingly.
Trinna S. Frever, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, Flint
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