ALA 2009 Boston Conference Panels

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies is presenting four panels for the American Literature Association conference, to be held May 21-24, 2009, in Boston. Here is the schedule: 

Thursday, May 21, 2009
1:30 – 2:50pm
“Margins within the Margins: Underrepresentation in Asian American Literary Criticism”
Chair: Catherine Fung, UC Davis
1. “Linh Dinh’s ‘The Most Beautiful Word’ as Vietnam War Poetry,” Merton Lee, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2. “The Homeland in Hmong American Literature,” Trevor Lee, Queens College
3. “Patricia Chao’s Monkey King: Subverting Incest and Race,” Amy Manning, University of New Hampshire
4. “Remapping Allegiances: Christianity, Confession, and the Existential Turn in Richard Kim’s The Martyred,” Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Temple University

Friday, May 22, 2009
8:00 – 9:20 am
“Hemispheric Approaches to Asian American Literature”
Chair: Timothy Yu, University of Toronto
1. “Bharati Mukherjee and North American Immigrant Subjectivities,” Walter S. H. Lim, National University of Singapore
2. “An American Ideal and A Canadian Imaginary: Tracing the North-South Axis from Aiiieeeee! to Inalienable Rice,” Yvonne Wong, McMaster University
3. “Going Native?: Japanese Internment Narratives and the Politics of Cross-racial Identification,” Iyko Day, Mount Holyoke College

Friday, May 22, 2009
12:30 – 1:50 pm
“Critical Perspectives on Jhumpa Lahiri”
Chair: Betsy Huang, Clark University 
Respondent: Rani Neutill, Harvard University
1. “Adultery and Interracial Sex in the Stories of Jhumpa Lahiri,” Stephanie Li, University of Rochester
2. “Nothingness at the Center of the Wheel: Reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake,” Joonok Huh, University of Northern Colorado
3. “A Space of One’s Own: Jhumpa Lahiri, Arundhati Roy, and the Value of Borders,” Pranav Jani, The Ohio State University

Friday, May 22, 2009
3:30 – 4:50 pm
Round Table Discussion 1
“New Directions in Asian American Literature and Criticism”
Moderator: Nicky Schildkraut, University of Southern California
1. Catherine Fung, UC Davis
2. Qian Hua Ge, University of Rochester
3. Betsy Huang, Clark University
4. Greta Aiyu Niu, University of Rochester
5. Caroline Yang, Wesleyan University
6. Timothy Yu, University of Toronto

For more information about the American Literature Association conference, please visit their web site: http://americanliterature.org.

CFP: Margins Within the Margins, ALA 2009

“Margins Within the Margins: Underrepresentation in Asian American Literary Criticism”
American Literature Association 2009 – Boston, MA – May 21-24, 2009

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) is sponsoring a panel at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston on texts that remain understudied in Asian American literary criticism. This panel aims to draw attention to texts that were perhaps overlooked or ignored during their time of publication. (The “failure” and subsequent revival of John Okada’s No-No Boy serves as an example.) This panel also seeks work on experiences that remain underrepresented in Asian American literary production. (Some examples could include work by Southeast Asian American writers, Pacific Islander American writers, etc.) Papers submitted for this panel should consider what paradigmatic challenges such texts pose for Asian American literary criticism. How do these texts engage with models of citizenship, assimilation and subjectivity? What idea of “America” do these texts imagine? How do these texts work in dialogue with notions of diaspora? Please send 1-page abstracts & 2-page CVs by Friday, January 9 to Catherine Fung via email: cmfung@ucdavis.edu.

For information on the American Literature Association conference, please go to the following website:

http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/american_literature_association_2009.htm

If you are selected and agree to present your work on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS. Membership requires a $10 fee and is open to all. Please see the following website for details: http://caals.org/

CFP: Critical Perspectives on Jhumpa Lahiri, ALA 2009

CFP: Critical Perspectives on Jhumpa Lahiri (ALA 2009)
American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2009, Boston
Standing panel organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Proposals due: January 15, 2009

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies invites papers for a panel on the work of Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies (1999), The Namesake (2004) and Unaccustomed Earth (2008). Lahiri has enjoyed widespread critical and popular acclaim for bringing the Indian American immigrant and transnational experiences to the mainstream American literary consciousness. We seek papers on the ways in which Lahiri’s fiction expands the American literary canon and broadens theoretical conceptions of contemporary Asian American subjectivities.  Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to) considerations of Lahiri’s work as: 

  • a critical node that connects the distinct but interrelated spaces of Asian American, South Asian, and transnational/postcolonial studies;  

 

  • a revision of traditional U.S. immigrant narratives within a transnational framework;

 

  • a reflection of the growing “taste” for ethnic narratives in U.S. and/or global literary marketplaces.

 
Please email a one-page abstract and a two-page C.V. by January 15, 2009 to Betsy Huang at bhuang@clarku.edu. 

Note: Presenters on CAALS-sponsored panels must be current members of CAALS.  

For more information on CAALS and the 2009 ALA conference, go to: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/american_literature_association_2009.htm

CFP: Hemispheric Approaches to Asian American Literature, ALA 2009

Hemispheric Approaches to Asian American Literature
American Literature Association Conference
May 21-24, 2009, Boston

In her recent essay “Of Hemispheres and Other Spheres,” Kandice Chuh suggests that Asian Americanists explore “that complementary space between Asian American studies, conceived as a ‘national perspective’ that seeks to understand the link between the national and the global, and hemispheric studies, understood as paradigmatically concerned with the relationship of the Americas to the local or national.” How does Asian American literature change when viewed in a hemispheric perspective? What would it mean to interpret the “America” in Asian American literature far more broadly? What might be the effects of adding the north-south axis of hemispheric studies to the traditional east-west focus of transnational Asian American studies? How might hemispheric studies open up new connections between texts inside and outside the conventional purview of the Asian American? Topics might include comparisons of Asian American and Asian Canadian writers (such as Joy Kogawa, Kerri Sakamoto, Fred Wah), Asian American engagements with the Caribbean or Latin America (such as Karen Tei Yamashita’s Through the Arc of the Rainforest), or writing that crosses borders within the Americas (such as Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange or Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine). Send 1-page abstract and c.v. by January 15, 2009 via email to Timothy Yu (tim.yu@utoronto.ca).

CFP: Asian American Transgressive Texts, ALA 2009

American Literature Association 2009 – Boston, MA – May 21-24, 2009

“Asian American Transgressive Texts”

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) is sponsoring a panel at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston on “transgressive texts”—writings in which the author’s identity does not match the identity of the text in question. For literary critic Shelly Fisher Fishkin, transgressive texts are those “in which black writers create serious white protagonists, and white writers black ones” (“Desegregating” 121), but the CAALS wants to open up Fishkin’s definition to interrogate the differences that emerge when thinking about the category of “Asian American writing” and the “Asian American writer,” particularly when there is a disjunction between the creative writer and the created subject.

Examples of questions and topics to consider:

*Interrogating the Chinese-Cuban diaspora in Cuban American writer Cristina Garcia’s Monkey Hunting
*Considering the Italian American narrative voice in Chang-rae Lee’s Aloft
*Examining the theme of the short story cycle and the community of Vietnamese American exiles in Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
*Exploring both the “American” as well as “Asian” aesthetics in American Indian writer Gerald Vizenor’s Griever: An American Monkey King in China

Please send 1-page abstracts & 2-page cvs by Monday, January 5 to Jennifer Ho via email: jho@email.unc.edu

For information on the American Literature Association conference, please go to the following website:

http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/american_literature_association_2009.htm

Presenters on CAALS-sponsored panels must be current members of CAALS.

CFP: Latina/o Literature and Cultural Society panels for ALA 2009

CFP: Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association, 2009
Westin Copley Place—Boston, MA

The Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association seeks proposals for several panels at the American Literature Association’s 20th annual conference at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 21-24, 2009. We are particularly interested in seeking out papers that address the following topics:

  • Latina/o Writers and Canon(s). Chair: Roberto Oscar Lopez. rolopez@csun.edu
  • Spoken-Word Poetry. Chair: Elizabeth Jacobs. elj@aber.ac.uk
  • Any aspect of the work of Junot Díaz. Chair: Alisa Braithwaite. akb1@mit.edu
  • Latina/o Children’s Literature Chair: Tiffany Lopez. tiffany.lopez@ucr.edu
  • Ambiguous Authors and Transgressive Texts (joint panel with the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies). Chair: Jennifer Ho. jho@email.unc.edu

Those interested in submitting a paper should send a one-page abstract with your name, position, affiliation, and contact information to the appropriate panel chair.

For proposals on any other aspect of Latina/o Literature and Culture, please send them along with your name, position, affiliation and contact information to Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson at eliza_rodriguezygibson@redlands.edu.

Final Deadline for Proposals: January 5, 2009.

For information about the Latina/o Literature and Culture Society, visit us online at http://www.latinorolodex.com or contact Latina/o Literature and Culture Society president Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson at eliza_rodriguezygibson@redlands.edu.

For more information about the ALA and the conference, go to http://www.americanliterature.org.

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For the 2009 ALA conference, CAALS will be organizing panels on the following topics:

– Author-focused panel on Jhumpa Lahiri (chaired by Betsy Huang)
– Neglected writers (chaired by Catherine Fung)
– Hemispheric/north american approaches (chaired by Tim Yu)
– Roundtable on “ambiguous authorship: transgressive texts and Asian American literature” (chaired by Jennifer Ho)

Expect calls for papers in mid-December 2008.

General e-mail contact: web [at] caals [dot] org