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Please select a seminar for which you would like to propose a paper. Current ACLA guidelines specify that each ACLA member may submit only ONE PAPER for consideration. Abstracts must be received by Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Asian-Indigenous Relations

Organizer: Yan Lu

Connections between Asians and Indigenous communities have long been formed through Asian migration around the world. Asian diaspora, from indentured labourers to new immigrants, have centuries of... more

Poetics of Authenticity

Organizer: Ron Ben-Tovim

What does “authenticity” denote in the study literature? Is there a way of writing authentically, reading authentically, or is authenticity just the effect of certain kinds of literary tension or... more

Puppetry in Literature

Organizer: Deniz Başar

The puppet has a long history of being wielded in literature as a symbol for manipulation/manipulated, a play thing lacking consciousness, a referent pointing to younthful/more innocent days. Puppets... more

Rethinking Description in the Long 18th Century

Organizer: Cynthia Vialle-Giancotti

Description has long been considered little more than a prolix rhetorical device: confused with ekphrasis, deprived of an autonomous status, it has been the subaltern of “narrative”. Yet descriptive... more

Post-Violence: The Telling and the Told, Sec. 1

Organizer: Yiru Lim

When we hear, read, or watch a narrative of a violent or traumatic event, we are often fixated on its representation. We hang on to details about location; we want to find out who the perpetrators... more

Literature After Rights

Organizer: Arielle Stambler

For over a decade now, the interdisciplinary study of human rights and literature has offered a generative lens for thinking about questions of citizenship, the nation-state, and narrative form.... more