The Discussion Group on Literature in the United States in Languages Other than English invites paper abstracts for a panel "Immigrant or Exile?" and a roundtable "Where Are We Now?"Abstracts (250 words or less) and CVs should be sent to Michael_C_Bruce@hotmail.com no later than March 15, 2009.
Panel "Immigrant or Exile" description:
When do immigrants position themselves as exiles? When do exiles become immigrants? Cultural production, broadly construed as literature and other forms of creative media, “made in the U.S.A.” in languages other than English has often thematized the experience and affect of exile, uprootedness, and dislocation. The panel will examine whether, how, and why significant differences may exist in the poetics/aesthetics of works produced from the viewpoint of “exiles” or from that of “immigrants.”
Roundtable "Where Are We Now?" description:
While the status of non-English U.S. literatures within the academic establishment has evolved considerably within the past twenty years, many conceptual, disciplinary, and pedagogical challenges remain. This roundtable will reassess if, how, and with what frequency scholars, students, and publishers approach these literatures.
. Naturally, such a reevalution calls into question the validity of boundaries on various levels: disciplinary and canonical (the very definition of “American” and other national literatures) as well as geographical and political (the creation of the American nation and the place of non-English U.S. literatures situated in a global context). In order to spark discussion and debate, four 10-minute presentations will precede and frame an open conversation among panel members and attendees.
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