This article examines the centrality of hunger and food in Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying, The Heart of Redness, and The Whale Caller. While Mda’s work has been the subject of incisive readings of the politics of development in contemporary South Africa, attention to his treatment of hunger, specifically, helps to clarify the centrality of gender to…[Read more]
This paper examines three FEMRITE collections of ‘true life stories’, Today You Will Understand (2008), Farming Ashes (2009), and I Dare to Say (2012), all of which include testimony of women’s experiences of war in northern Uganda. While these volumes explicitly aim to abet a project of national awareness and reconciliation, they also sel…[Read more]
This paper examines cosmopolitanism in Teju Cole’s Every Day is for the Thief (2007) and Open City (2011). The protagonists of both texts maintain cosmopolitan identities largely by embracing an international literary culture in which elite cosmopolitan fiction relays the experiences of marginalized cosmopolitan subjects such as migrant workers a…[Read more]
During the second South African War (1899–1902), also known as the Anglo-Boer War, the British
War Office supervised the transportation of approximately 24,000 South African prisoners of
war to Bermuda, St. Helena, and British India. Examining previously unstudied memoirs published
immediately following the war by war prisoners held in camps i…[Read more]
This article sets the itineracy of antiapartheid expressive culture to work in relation to exiled South African jazz singer Miriam Makeba. It revisits accounts of transnational cultural circulation on the part of Rob Nixon, Paul Gilroy, and others to argue that the diffusion of South African cultural formations outward from South Africa offers…[Read more]
In this essay, I trace the deep time of the Indian Ocean through and against which Shailja Patel fabulates the notion of migritude and, in particular, what its valences are for solidarities between black and brown Kenyans and other south-south relationships. Attentive to the multiple voices she invites into the text and the material objects that…[Read more]
Robert Jackson started the topic CFP: THE GLOBAL SOUTH: "Global Migration and International Film History" in the discussion Global South on MLA Commons 6 months, 1 week ago
Special Issue of The Global South: “Global Migration and International Film History”
Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2018
Name: Robert Jackson
Contact email: email@example.com
This special issue of The Global South aims to identify new approaches to a pair of modern phenomena: the global migration of peoples, and the mov…[Read more]
Nienke Boer started the topic Petition to create new MLA forum: CLCS Indian Ocean in the discussion Global South on MLA Commons 8 months ago
I’m getting the ball rolling on trying to activate the prospective MLA forum CLCS Indian Ocean. The first step involved getting 35 signatures on the petition at MLA Commons as well as five volunteers for leadership positions. After that, a full proposal will be solicited by the MLA, probably in mid-June.
CFPs for Global South panels at MLA 2019 (Chicago):
**Waste, Garbage, and Effluence in the Global South**
Encounters with waste in narratives both historical and contemporary welcomed. Possible entanglements include animality, comparative modernities, labor and the environment.
Abstracts of 300 words by 15 March 2018; Rosemary J. Jolly…[Read more]
Leigh Anne Duck replied to the topic Modernism(s) and the Global South: MSA seminar/journal CfP in the discussion Global South on MLA Commons 1 year, 7 months ago
Apologies for the type-o: I must stop typing without my glasses!–LA
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]
We’ve got three exciting upcoming panels at the MLA Convention that have been organized by the Global South Forum. Please make plans to attend!
Digital Boundaries of the Global South (Co-organized with the Digital Humanities Forum)
Friday, January 6, 5:15- 6:30 PM
Presiding: Élika Ortega, Northeastern Univ.
Speakers: Radhika Gajjala, Bowling Gr…[Read more]
“Carbon and Conferences (Again)” offers one person’s experience of trying to get to the Austin MLA conference by a means other than airplanes. It asks fellow MLA members for more collective, mindful attention to the carbon footprint of the conference generally. While acknowledging the intellectual and personal joy in face to face encounters, it…[Read more]
This paper argues that there is a need to look beyond what is merely “homeward” in the work of Thomas Wolfe. I take up Wai Chee Dimock’s expansive conception of American literature as “a crisscrossing set of pathways, open-ended and ever multiplying, weaving in and out of other geographies, other languages and cultures,” demonstrating how Thomas…[Read more]
Anne Garland Mahler started the topic ACLA Panel on the Global South and the Question of Method in the discussion Global South on MLA Commons 2 years, 2 months ago
Organizer: Magali Armillas-Tiseyra
Co-Organizer: Anne Garland Mahler
Co-Organizer: Duncan McEachern Yoon
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Exploring the transnational dimension of literary modernism and its increasing centrality to our understanding of 20th-century literary culture, Modernism in a Global Context surveys the key issues and debates central to the ‘global turn’ in contemporary Modernist Studies.
Topics covered include:
– Transnational literary exchange
Published as part of the Theories and Methodologies section on Oceanic Studies.
This article reads South African science-fiction writer Lauren Beukes’s first novel, Moxyland (2008) set in a futuristic Cape Town, from the perspective of Lindsay Bremner’s notion of “citiness”– or how cities produce the modernity of the subjects who inhabit them. The novel is remarkable for its dependence on the social geography of the South A…[Read more]
Through an analysis of two post-crisis films (Estrellas, Federico León
and Marcos Martínez, 2007; El nexo, Sebastián Antico, 2005) shot in
the largest slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this essay sketches the
terms for conceptualizing a cultural dimension of the Global South
marked by the aesthetic reappropriation of poverty. Working ag…[Read more]
I’m honored to be one of two nominees for election to the executive committee of this newly formalized group. I’ve served on three other MLA executive committees (Religion and Literature; Lit in English other than British and American; Postcolonial Studies), and have have a delegate to the assembly. The titles of the last two of those c…[Read more]