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Surplus in African and African Diasporic literature (NeMLA)

Boston, MA
Organization: Northeastern Modern Language Association
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Comparative, Genre & Form, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, African & African Diasporas
Event Date: 2024-03-07 to 2024-03-10 Abstract Due: 2023-09-30

In the western imagination, Africa is often seen as a monolithic behemoth, chaotic, overflowing with its excess and muchness. Yet, the multiplicity of African and African diasporic literatures offers a “rich diversity in our modern era of decolonization, nationalisms, and extensive transnational movement of peoples” (George xvi). Considering the geographic, historical, religious, social, and economic diversity of the continent, it is fitting to consider this year’s conference theme in light of its literary discourses.

Thus, this panel seeks papers that investigate the theme of surplus as it relates to African and African Diasporic literature. Topics could include, but are not limited to:


Multivocality or Bakhtinian heteroglossia


Postcolonial encounters and decolonization

Indigenous marginalization

Cultural doubling

Multicultural identities

Immigration and diaspora

Competing economies

Multimodality or hybrid genres


Please submit abstracts to the NeMLA portal: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20628


Dorisa Costello