African-descendant characters negotiate their cultural identities differently in interactions with members of their own and other ethnicities in U.S., Brazilian, and Caribbean literatures. De-centerings that have led to the re-conceptualization of identities combine with writers’ experimentation with aesthetic differences and styles to produce literary works that treat social identity and equality in complex ways. This Roundtable aims to examine and discuss 1) how Afro-descendant characters outside Africa construct and negotiate social, ethnic identities in fictional works; 2) how their inter-ethnic relations are played out in the context of social equality; and 3) whether or how the postmodern genre works for the development of the complex diaspora identities of Afro-descendant characters. Comparative Languages & Theory; Spanish/Portuguese. Please send 300-400 word abstracts and a short bio to Ines.Shaw@ncc.edu; include name and affiliation, email & postal address, phone number. Deadline: September 30, 2013. Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention; April 3-6, 2014; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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