Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
In a 2011 Economist Prospero blog entitled "After the Unthinkable," the effects of 9/11 on literature was compared to those of World War II in that it "will continue to be a marking point." As we approach the twentieth anniversary of September 11, 2001, this panel seeks to move beyond representations of the day itself to explore the various nuances of post-9/11 literature by looking at how the long political and cultural aftermath have left their mark on literary and visual culture.
Themes may include, but are not limited to:
• definitions of 9/11 literature and/or its evolution
• ways in which the private world of memory intersect with the public world of history in this literature
• the relationship of particular genres to 9/11
• portrayals of Muslims, Islam or Islamophobia after 9/11
• visual motifs that infuse the genre
• gender, viewed intersectionally, such as portrayals of “9/11 widows,” Muslim
masculinity or femininity, white masculinity and militarism, etc.
• the American empire after 9/11, including the “War on Terror,” Guantanamo, Abu
• the effects of 9/11 on immigrant or migrant lit.
• pedagogical approaches to teaching 9/11 literatures
This panel seeks to explore multiple views of 9/11 literature as we approach the 20th anniversary of the events of that day. Our panel will explore how we define 9/11 literature and the genre’s evolution, as well as how the events of that day have filtered into literary and visual culture through certain themes and motifs, and in representations of racial, national, and gender identities.
Please, send your abstract through NeMLA portal at:https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18297. You can review the guidelines for abstract submission at: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html.