Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NeMLA CFP- (1776-1947), Independence, India, and North America in the Long Nineteenth Century

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Abstract Submissions can be sent through the NeMLA website: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html

For those of you who want more details, here is the expanded CFP for my upcoming panel at NeMLA 2015 in Toronto:

Primary Categories: Interdisciplinary Humanities, Anglophone Studies
Secondary Category: Comparative Studies

As historian Susan Bean has noted in ‘Yankee India’, nineteenth-century trade between North America and India exceeded that between India and all of Europe combined. However, this significant economic reality appears to have been elided in the literary history of North America. Though folktales, translations, and colonial India-themed novels were common in the British literature of the period, the extent to which India, as an idea, a literature, and/or a real, material place, appears in nineteenth-century Canadian and American literature has been greatly understudied. Acknowledging the extensions of this network of literary history outside the confines of traditional 19th-Century periods, this interdisciplinary roundtable seeks to open-up lines of communication between scholars working in the fields of Victorian Indian Studies, 19th-Century Canadian Studies, and 19th-Century American Studies while introducing this historical intersection to the field of 19th-Century literary history at-large.
Anticipating the limitations of the existing body of work in this area, this roundtable expands the 19th-Century time-period from the American Revolution (1776) to Partition and Indian Independence (1947) in the hopes of drawing submissions from scholars working in multiple time periods. Categorized as both interdisciplinary and comparative, this roundtable would consider submissions addressing historical, literary, philosophical, and religious texts, either in English or in any Indian language.
Submissions including (but not limited to) work in the following areas would be welcome:

Translation, Adaptation, and Reception Studies (for example, translations or adaptations (drama) of Tagore's work in North America, or early American films adaptations like Without the Benefit of the Clergy, Canadian periodical readership, etc. )

Travel writing (North American encounters with India and Indian encounters with North America, i.e. Pandita Ramabai)

Canadian, American, and Indian Anglophone Serial Fiction

Continental-styled Orientalism in American and Canadian Fiction (i.e. Poe's short stories, etc.)

Colonial Canadian Fiction (authors like Sarah Jeanette Duncan)

Transcendetalists’ connections to Sanskrit texts like the Bhaghavad Gita

Transcendentalist influences in the Indian Independence Movement

Representations and rhetoric of the America or American Independence in Indian Nationalist Writing and Literature

And, FYI, #AmericanOrientalism is a hashtag which I discovered through @sepoy ! Proof that it's a thing.

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