CALL FOR PAPERS American Literature Association Conference
May 22-25, 2014
Washington, D.C.

The Toni Morrison Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2014 American Literature Association Conference. Send proposals (250/500 words as well as academic affiliation) to Evelyn Schreiber at Deadline for proposals: December 20, 2013.

Panel #1: Morrison's Nobel Prize Lecture: Pedagogy, Politics, and the Academy

This panel invites papers that examine the Nobel Lecture's impact across pedagogical, political, and academic boundaries with a view toward how the lecture comments on and creates spaces for political, pedagogical and academic discourses. Papers might explore the politics of language as delineated in the lecture; its pedagogies of promise; and/or academic scholarship that has followed.

Panel #2: Writing Passion: Erotic Moments between Morrison's Male and Female Characters

From The Bluest Eye to Home, Morrison's fiction presents couples, couplings, liaisons, trysts, matches and mismatches that bring together male and female characters in memorable, albeit obliquely, described moments of attraction and consummation. This panel invites papers that examine Morrison's construction of erotic moments in her novels and how scenes, metaphors, and meanings associated with these moments shed light on the narrative representation of romance and sexual desire. Papers might explore this topic in a single novel or in several novels.

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