Zadie Smith’s novel On Beauty confirms that the fiction of the second generation Caribbean diaspora has indeed arrived on the international scene, if indeed any confirmation was required after the phenomenal success of Smith’s first novel
White Teeth. The status of Smith’s fiction in the Euro-American academy, which is also the setting of O…[Read more]
My subject is an archive of gay and lesbian activism that helps us understand a postcolonial counterpublic. The project I undertake is of historical recovery and theoretical elaboration of the specificities of postcolonial sexuality-based movements as necessary and long overdue supplements to global sexual activism.
Examining gay journalism as gay liberation literature, this essay forwards a cultural history of sexuality informed by comparative urban and queer studies. My main argument is that gay liberation literature under apartheid lags behind important shifts in sexual activism; and my larger aim is to extend the valences of postcolonial queer studies…[Read more]
Lee Skallerup Bessette deposited “Any differences between our versions and Scott’s…”: Collaboration, Anxiety of Influence, and a Translation of Anne Hébert’s “Le Tombeau des rois” in the group CLCS Global Anglophone on MLA Commons 3 months ago
An analysis of the collaboration between Peter Miller and Louis Dudek in the translation of Anne Hébert’s poem, The Tomb of Kings.
City Botany: Reading Urban Ecologies in China through Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke
How are African literatures and cultures mediating globalizing frameworks for gender and sexuality and shifting understandings of “queer”? From Woubi Cheri and Dakan, to Stories of Our Lives, African film has begun this conversation. From K. Sello Duiker, to Chinelo Okparanta and Diriye Osman, new voices have invited national debates on these top…[Read more]
Lucinda Newns started the topic CFP UPDATE: PSA Convention 2017 on Globalisation – NEW KEYNOTES (Deadline: 2/28) in the discussion English Literature Other Than British and American on MLA Commons 4 months, 1 week ago
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″><b>Postcolonial Studies Association Convention</b>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″><b>School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London (UK), 18–20 September 2017</b>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>We are pleased to announce that the 2017 PSA Convention will be held at the School of…[Read more]
This article reconsiders Richard Wright’s Native Son by comparing divergences between the published novel and an earlier typeset manuscript. It argues that such revisions render protagonist Bigger Thomas an icon of global class conflict rather than a national figure of racial tension. By revealing the continuities among critical essays that…[Read more]
David C. Lloyd started the topic Jeff Sacks responds to Anthony Appiah in the discussion English Literature Other Than British and American on MLA Commons 5 months, 3 weeks ago
This open letter by Jeff Sacks, in response to Anthony Apia’s recent blog on the Commons, appeared in the online journal Jadaliyya: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/25811/an-open-letter-to-kwame-anthony-appiah-president-o
With all of the talk about academic freedom, what is this “freedom” that we are talking about, if it i…[Read more]
Raphael Dalleo started the topic MLA 2017 Panel: Caribbean Specters in 1920s Harlem in the discussion English Literature Other Than British and American on MLA Commons 6 months ago
This panel, about the presence of the Caribbean in the Harlem Renaissance, takes place on Sunday, January 8th at noon in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 112A.
Vanessa K. Valdés, Imani Owens James C. Davis, and Raphael Dalleo will be part of the panel, presenting on Arturo Schomburg, Eulalie Spence, Nella Larsen, and Eric Walrond.
Introduction – excerpt from book published by Columbia University Press.
Philhellenism in modernist literature is familiar. I examine Lawrence Durrell’s works, locating him between Eliot’s Classicism (perhaps the hegemonic Modernism) and the Greek authors who responded to Eliot. Through his ties to Greek Modernists and Parisian Surrealists, Durrell contributed to the Anglo-American tradition in a mode that reflects the…[Read more]
Call for EACLALS triennial conference in Oviedo, Spain. 3-7 April 2017.
Deadline 15 November 2106
This article argues that theoretical notions of resistance and agency prove inadequate for considering the complexities of the treatment of Sam Selvon’s Trinidadian characters. Indeed, to proceed from a binary logic of resistance and oppression carries the danger of universalizing those seen as oppressed, and smoothing over important c…[Read more]
Shakespeare has become a boomerang business in the twenty-first century—a phenomenon that is fueled simultaneously by globalized local economic and cultural developments. His plays have been traveling the world since his lifetime and now returned to Britain with many different hats, making the familiar strange and bringing home the exotic. U.K. t…[Read more]
Having reached a critical mass of participants, performances and the study of Shakespeare in different cultural contexts are changing how we think about globalization. The idea of global Shakespeares has caught on because of site-specific imaginations involving early modern and modern Globe theatres that aspired to perform the globe. Seeing global…[Read more]
Peter Leman started the topic CFP: Law and Literature from the Global South in the discussion English Literature Other Than British and American on MLA Commons 11 months, 1 week ago
Call for Papers
The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies
Spring 2018 Special Issue: Law and Literature from the Global South
Guest Editors: David Babcock (James Madison University) and Peter Leman (Brigham Young University)
Deadline for Submissions (approximately 4,000-5,000 words): December 20, 2016
Suha Kudsieh started the topic CFP: Panel on Disability in Anglophone Literature (NeMLA, Baltimore, March 23-26 in the discussion English Literature Other Than British and American on MLA Commons 1 year ago
NeMLA 2017 – Disability in Anglophone Literature (Panel)
48th Annual NeMLA Convention
March 23 – 26th, 2017
Deadline to submit abstract: 09/30/2016
Categories: Anglophone and British Literature.
Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
Institutional host: Johns Hopkins University
CFP: panel on “Disability in Anglophone Literature”
This article focuses on the limits of liberal discourses such as multiculturalism in an increasing global world. I focus on multicultural London and juxtapose Black British writer, Zadie Smith’s novel, White Teeth to Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things, to underline the multiple intersections between the status of colored immigrants, their des…[Read more]
This essay explores the meanings and effects of postcolonial authors’ recent refashioning of classical historical fiction. That refashioning has two aims: a materialist cartography that counters the nationalist vocation of classical historical fiction by revealing the supra-national, global aspirations of colonial capitalism as a system; and an e…[Read more]
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