CFP: MELUS sponsored panels at the American Literature Association Conference.

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American Literature Association

27th Annual Conference

May 26-29, 2016

San Francisco, CA


MELUS invites paper abstracts for the two following sessions at the 27th Annual American Literature Association Conference.


Session I: Race and Ethnicity in Graphic Narratives 

How are the motifs, tropes, and themes of race and ethnicity narrated in one or more American multiethnic (African American, Asian American, Latino/a American, Jewish American, Italian American, Arab American, American Indian, etc.) graphic novels, comics, or sequential storytelling in general? Intersectional engagements with gender, class, sexuality and culture in graphic narratives are also welcome.


Session II: Ethnofuturism in American Literature 

How are conceptions and representations of race and ethnicity articulated in American speculative fiction? What do such examples of Ethnofuturism reveal about race and ethnicity in the United States? How have such authors as Ruth Ozeki, Sherman Alexie, Gerald Vizenor, Junot Díaz, Simon J. Ortiz, Karen Tei Yamashita, Toni Cade Bambara, Seth Graham Jones, Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany and others helped shape Ethnofuturism in the United States?


Please submit your individual paper abstract of fewer than 250 words in Microsoft Word and 1-page CV to Prof. Christopher González, MELUS Program Chair, at by Jan. 25, 2016. In your abstract please include your full contact information: your name, rank, institutional affiliation, email, the panel to which you are submitting, and whether you request AV equipment. Due to the high cost of AV equipment, we cannot guarantee that American Literature Association will honor all AV requests. All panelists must be current members of MELUS in order to present in these two MELUS panels in ALA 2016. 

Contact Info: 

Dr. Christopher González | Assistant Professor of English
Department of Literature and Languages

Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011 | Commerce, TX 75429-3011
Tel. 903.886.5277 | Fax: 903.886.5980 |

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