This roundtable session focuses on diasporic literature that disobeys legal directives and constructions of personhood, citizenship and immigrant status in the post-9/11 era. Some possible questions that participants might address are: How do literatures of immigrant experience respond to and transform cultural, legal and historical constructions of citizenship? How are notions of home, homeland, and national identity shaped by “immigrant ambivalence”? How do authors incorporate legal documents—legislation, executive orders, birth certificates, Homeland Security documents, etc.—into narrative or poetry? How do digital technologies shape the legal status of transnational subjects? Proposals might focus on Canadian and U.S. writers as diverse as Aimee Phan, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Dinaw Mengestu, Teju Cole, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, among others.
Please submit a brief bio and a 300-500 word proposal by September 30, 2014 through the NeMLA submission website: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15280
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