Placing Bilingualism: Bilingualism in Comparative Perspective
ACLA Annual Meeting
March 17-20, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Submission deadline: September 23
Bilingualism is a phenomenon that unites literary creation across geographic and temporal boundaries. Yet questions about the role of bilingual competencies in literature often remain overlooked. This panel seeks to bring together scholars across disciplines in exploring the place of bilingualism in literary production and the comparative potential of bilingualism in literary criticism.
What is a bilingual text? Who is bilingual author? How can we discuss the differences between first and second language literary production? How do bilingual competencies provide authors with creative space for linguistic experimentation?
What is the difference between bilingualism and biculturalism as it relates to literary production? In what ways can bilingualism serve as a framework for literary analysis? How can bilingualism serve as a leveling ground for world literature? Can we theorize a mode of literary analysis that proposes bilingualism as a counter-discourse to global English?
The panel will adopt a workshop format. Presentations will be followed by a discussion session, in efforts to forge a mode of literary analysis that is comparative in nature and takes bilingual competencies as its basis. Welcoming innovative approaches to the key questions of bilingualism, papers may explore the work of a specific bilingual author, several authors, or focus on larger theoretical issues. Presenters are invited to bring short excerpts from key primary texts to share with other participants during the workshop.
Projects in all stages of completion are welcome. Potential participants are encouraged to contact the organizer directly before submission.
Contact organizer: Kate Costello firstname.lastname@example.org
Institutional Affiliation: University of Oxford