Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Annual Convention
April 7-11, 2010
Panel Title: "Affect and Ethnic Literature"
Panel Chair: Susan Muchshima Moynihan, SUNY Buffalo
This panel seeks to explore the intersection of contemporary theories of affect and emotion with issues of ethnicity and race in literature. Approaches to affect have the potential to change our understandings of subjectivity, narrative structure, temporal/spatial dynamics, aesthetics, and the political impact of literary texts. One could critically assess the great attention given to issues of shame, the lesser amount of attention given to "positive" affects, Sara Ahmed's understanding of the "skin of the community" or Sianne Ngai's concept of "racial animatedness." Possible questions to consider include: How does affect lead to reconceiving subjectivity in ways that inform ethnic and racial formations, considering the borders of the subject and identifications with community, nation, and diaspora? Do theories of affect facilitate a reconception of ethnic studies "beyond" identity politics?
Email 250-500 word abstracts to Susan Moynihan, firstname.lastname@example.org, by September 30, 2009.
Susan Muchshima Moynihan
State University of New York at Buffalo
Department of English
306 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
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