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21st-Century Literature (PAMLA 2019)

San Diego
Organization: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Event: PAMLA 2019
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, British, Genre & Form, Literary Theory, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2019-11-14 to 2019-11-17 Abstract Due: 2019-06-10

Nineteen years in, our twenty-first century literary traditions are beginning to take shape, and, indeed, it may be time to bring the unhelpfully named "contemporary" period to a close. Has our culture indeed shifted into a new literary period? What aspects of the new era provide it a sense of definition? Or, is the defining crisis that will launch a new literary period just on the horizon? The 9-11 Attacks, globalization/neoliberalism, the Anthropocene, the collapse of a post-Cold War détente with the resultant repolarization of world powers, and many other cultural shifts may serve as useful markers of an incipient yet-to-be-labeled era. In this spirit, this special session will address literary works across different genres and cultural origins since the turn of the millennium, as well as the challenges associated with categorizing, examining, and teaching them.

Submit 250-word abstracts at https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/S/17000, or email Theo Finigan (theo.finigan@viu.ca).

This panel is part of the 2019 PAMLA Conference, which will take place at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside beginning on Thursday, November 14 and ending on Sunday, November 17. The theme for the 117th Annual PAMLA Conference is “Send in the Clowns.” Panelists must pay both the 2019 PAMLA membership fee and the appropriate conference fees to participate in the conference. A combined membership/conference fee option is available for your convenience. Membership in PAMLA also entitles you to receive two issues of PAMLA’s scholarly journal, Pacific Coast Philology. See https://pamla.org/2019 for general conference details.




Dr. Theo Finigan