This roundtable endeavors to assess the influence of Donald Trump’s presidency on literature in the US and around the world. Three avenues of inquiry will be featured. First, how has the Trump presidency influenced literature in the US since 2016? Second, are there commonalities between writing in the US and writing internationally owing to the Trump presidency? Finally, focusing on non-US writing, are there perspectives or themes in global literature that are not at all present in US writing that have occurred in the wake of Trump’s presidency?
One of the strengths of comparative literature is that by definition it offers a pluralistic perspective on concrete world events.
We are hopeful that this roundtable will attract participants from all continents. By design, we want to use a very broad definition of “literature” and “writing.” Participants may refer to fiction, poetry, theater, cinema, Web creations, and even song lyrics.
Although this is a roundtable, meaning the presentations should be short, participants may certainly submit papers in advance of the conference for careful review before the roundtable itself.
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to the NeMLA portal.
As this is a comparative literature roundtable, the language of presentation will be English, but presenters may work in languages other than English. The roundtable chairs will coordinate translations and hand-outs.