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The Portrayal of Love Relationships in African Literature (for Northeast Modern Language Convention) (Northeast Modern Language Association Convention)

Baltimore, MD
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, 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: 2022-03-10 to 2022-03-13 Abstract Due: 2021-09-30

While many works of African fiction are widely recognized for their interventions in relation to legacies of colonization, exploitation, and authoritarianism, one of the glories of African writing is its sensitive, subtle, and often politically resonant evocations of love relationships, including but not limited to those of marriage. This panel invites proposals that analyze the portrayal of love relationships in African fiction and what the representations of love impart to us about couples' relations, traditional expectations of partners, gender privilege, changing relationship norms, family responsibilities, fidelity, and political and economic realities. Please submit a well written 250-word abstract via the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention submission button at the page for this panel.


Thomas Jay Lynn