â€œNew Perspectives on Theresa Hak Kyung Chaâ€
Chair: Timothy Yu, University of Wisconsin
American Literature Association Conference, May 27-30, 2010, San Francisco
Standing panel organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Proposals due: January 1, 2010
Since her death in 1982, Theresa Hak Kyung Chaâ€™s work has moved from avant-garde obscurity to canonical status within Asian American literature.Â Her bookDictÃ©e is now a classroom staple and has inspired a growing body of critical literature.Â But criticsâ€™ focus onÂ DictÃ©e, and on that bookâ€™s more narrative elements, has left unexplored the full complexity of Chaâ€™s work across genres and media, from autobiography and poetry to performance art, film, and artistâ€™s books.Â This panel will seek to build on more recent work that placesÂ DictÃ©e in the context of Chaâ€™s wider body of art.Â Papers are welcomed that examine the less-frequently-discussed later sections ofÂ DictÃ©e, which incorporate more visual and abstract materials and complicate the narratives of exile and migration that dominate the bookâ€™s earlier sections.Â Papers that focus on Chaâ€™s work beyondÂ DictÃ©e, such as her visual and video art or her critical writings, are also encouraged.Â Chaâ€™s archive of work, held by the Berkeley Art Museum and accessible through the Online Archive of California, provides a rich trove of materials that we hope papers for this panel will draw on, and we also hope that the conferenceâ€™s location in San Francisco will allow us to view a sampling of Chaâ€™s work in conjunction with the panel.Â Send 1-page abstract and CV by email to Timothy Yu (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 1, 2010.