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  FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

THE AMERICAN LITERARY WEST : A TERRITORY WITHOUT BORDERS?
III INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

UPV/EHU (UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY, VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN)
OCTOBER 8-10, 2014

The III International Conference on The American Literary West[1],
organized by the REWEST[2] research group (UPV/EHU, University of the
Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) will address the literary
representation of the American West, centering on the different meanings,
connotations, and implications of the term "border" in our present
century when used in connection with this peculiar region. We invite papers
exploring theoretical and practical aspects of the West as a pluralistic
literary space, with a special attention to twenty-first century western
texts that renew and revise the traditional imaginary of western American
literature. The symposium will privilege transnational and
interdisciplinary approaches aiming to understand properly a genre whose
iconography has moved well beyond both national limits and literary
borders. Of particular interest will be the complex relationships between
literature and a series of socio-political, economic, and cultural events
that have taken place in the present century, as illustrated by 9/11 and
its aftermath, the economic recession, globalization, immigration,
feminism, interculturality or the contemporary environmental crisis.
Similarly, we will also examine the transnational characteristics of the
American West, discussing the literary representation of the American West
beyond US borders. The conference will also extend the analysis of western
iconography to other artistic manifestations beyond writing, exploring the
cultural transfers between literature and other cultural phenomena.
Certainly, the long-lasting cultural transfers and intertextual links
between western writing and western movies will be a major issue in this
conference. However, this forum will also address other cultural and
artistic manifestations that interact, overlap, and interrelate with
western writing in complex, often dialogic ways, as exemplified by
television, music, photography, art, digital art, video-games, the
Internet, sports, comics and graphic novels, or translation.
We welcome presentation abstracts on these and related questions. Possible
topics include but are not limited to:
-        the influence of the cultural myths of the Old West and the
western in the present century
-        the West as an exceptional region as opposed to the West as an
inherent part of American culture
-        motion vs. roots in the American West
-        the impact of urbanization and technology
-        the interaction between identity and the western landscape
-        changing interpretations of sense of place in the American
West
-        migrations and diasporas in the West
-        minority western narratives
-        environmental literature of the American West
-        voices of protest
-        reimagining women in the West
-        western masculinities
-        bordercrossing
-        western mythologies
-        the American West in popular culture
-        science fiction and the West
-        Western American Music or Music and Western images
-        The West in the Web
-        Digital West
-        Western images in comics and graphic novels
-        Sports and the West

Please send 300 WORD ABSTRACTS (ALSO A SHORT BIO AND FIVE KEY WORDS, NOT
INCLUDED IN THE 300 WORDS LIMIT) to the following email address:
[log in to unmask] by APRIL 30, 2014. Papers may be presented in English,
Spanish or Basque, though the official language of the conference will be
English.

The Organizing Committee

REWEST[2]

http://rewestresearchinggroup.blogspot.com.es/



Vínculos:
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[1] http://rewestresearchinggroup.blogspot.com.es/
[2] http://www.fiati.ehu.es/s0103-girewhom/en/