This panel will take place at the 2012 Northeast Modern
Language Association (NeMLA) Conference in Rochester, NY, March 15-18, 2012.
How is postcolonial subjectivity structured by interactions with commodities? How do commodities materialize relationships between diverse peoples and states, harnessing the influence of the past to the contemporary moment? Diverse disciplinary and theoretical approaches to literature after 1945 are welcome. Analyzing commodities in literature extends our understanding of the difficulty of “decolonizing the mind,” as Ngugi Wa Thong’o put it (1986), when the material culture of everyday life remains saturated with colonial products. Commodities exist at the interstices of economic and cultural relationships, and they structure and regulate relationships among diverse and geographically distanced populations, thus providing insight into the economic basis of postcolonial subjectivity and the role of cultural texts in reproducing these relations. 250-word abstracts and short biographical statements to Jennifer Nesbitt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer P. Nesbitt
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403
(717)771-4027 Email: email@example.com
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