CPF: MMLA 2019, “American Literature After 1870”
The MMLA’s permanent section on American Literature After 1870 invites papers which, building on the conference theme, examine the topic of “dual citizenship” in American novels, poetry, and/or other kinds of texts. Our panel seeks a range of primary materials from a variety of times, places, and communities to create a fuller picture of the legal, cultural, and emotional dimensions of multiple citizenship in American literature.
Speaking on multiple/dual citizenship, Peter Spiro writes: “Should the individual’s relationship to the state be an exclusive one? As much as any other citizenship-related issues, the answer to this question has shifted dramatically in recent decades. Multiple citizenship was once considered an impossibility, an offense to nature, a moral abomination. Today it is a commonplace of globalization.” While submitted papers should address this shift, the panel’s overall theme of “dual citizenship” can and should be understood broadly to include issues like:
1. Narratives of naturalization, with a focus on legal processes
2. Diasporic cultures with multiple national attachments born from forced displacement
3. Forms of “global citizenship” that might include cosmopolitanism
4. The relationship between regional belonging and national citizenship
5. Alternative understandings of “citizenship” including subcultural affiliations
For consideration, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief bio to: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th, 2019.
Dr. Nathan Jung