This panel invites papers that examine the transformation of images of the heroic in Asian narratives when they evolve in interactions with other cultures, growing in a new cultural space. We are specially interested in exploring the change in the representation of a hero/heroine: what it represents traditionally and what it means today when local cultures are faced with global influences. Traditional heroic narratives of Asian origin often flourish with offshoots, being adapted to a variety of modern media, and probably revised to contemporary settings. While these narratives are alive, the heroes/heroines in them are also living heroes/heroines. We especially seek papers that focus on the remodeling of traditional heroes/heroines in modern literature and cinema.
Themes and topics can include, but are not limited to:
*Biopower and the heroic: How are the local/global relations negotiated in narratives of the heroic? How is the heroic body regulated by local and global discourses? How is sexuality in heroic narratives regulated? What happens when a national hero is required to become transnational?
*Space and the heroic: Where does the heroic "take place" in both traditional and modern narratives? Where do heroes/heroines locate themselves in the interactive network of the local and the global? How does such space participates in the modulation of the heroic image?
*Translation and the heroic: What happens when traditional narrative of the heroic is translated into the modern time and global culture? What happens when the Asian hero travels to the western culture? How is the sphere of translation itself the sphere of the heroic? Is there a global language for the heroic, originated from or specified by the local culture?
*Reception and the heroic: How has the reader's reception and expectation modulated the heroic narrative when moving into a globalizing time? How has modern medium, such as film, internet, and comics, takes part in the moderation of the heroic image?
The deadline for paper proposals is November 3, 2008. Please submit 250-word abstracts directly to the ACLA conference website: http://www.acla.org/submit/
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