American Literature Association 2009 â€“ Boston, MA â€“ May 21-24, 2009
â€œAsian American Transgressive Textsâ€
The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) is sponsoring a panel at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston on â€œtransgressive textsâ€â€”writings in which the authorâ€™s identity does not match the identity of the text in question. For literary critic Shelly Fisher Fishkin, transgressive texts are those â€œin which black writers create serious white protagonists, and white writers black onesâ€ (â€œDesegregatingâ€ 121), but the CAALS wants to open up Fishkinâ€™s definition to interrogate the differences that emerge when thinking about the category of â€œAsian American writingâ€ and the â€œAsian American writer,â€ 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 Garciaâ€™s Monkey Hunting
*Considering the Italian American narrative voice in Chang-rae Leeâ€™s Aloft
*Examining the theme of the short story cycle and the community of Vietnamese American exiles in Robert Olen Butlerâ€™s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
*Exploring both the â€œAmericanâ€ as well as â€œAsianâ€ aesthetics in American Indian writer Gerald Vizenorâ€™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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Presenters on CAALS-sponsored panels must be current members of CAALS.