Our three keynote speakers are pre-eminent figures in the field of comparative cultural studies. Peter Lord's work will address Wales directly, while Professors Susan Manning (Edinburgh) and Marc Shell (Harvard) are leading figures in the fields of transatlantic and comparative literatures respectively.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Papers are invited on any aspect of the theme ‘Spaces of Comparison: Welsh Writing in English in Comparative Contexts.’ Both short papers (c. 20 minutes) or longer ones (c. 50 minutes) will be considered; a brief abstract should be submitted to the organizer for consideration by the deadline of January 14th, 2009. Organizer: Dr. Daniel Williams, CREW, Department of English, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP. firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Celtic comparisons: Ireland, Scotland, Brittany.
- Welsh Writing in English in relation to English literature in England
- Welsh writing in English and Breton writing in French and other cases of a ‘minority’ literature in a ‘majority’ language.
- Wales and India – from William Jones through Alun Lewis to Desmond Barry
- Wales and the United States.
- Ethnic Modernisms in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Harlem, Scandinavia etc.
- Comparative approaches to Gender, Ethnicity or Nationalism
- The making of Black Welsh, or Afro-Welsh, identities.
- The concept of diaspora.
- Marxisms / Nationalisms / Feminisms / Religious Traditions.
- Comparisons across genres: literature in relation to music, art, architecture.
- Theoretical papers exploring the validity of comparative and transatlantic models in relation to minority literary studies.
CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales) , Swansea University
Dr. Daniel Williams, CREW, Department of English, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP. email@example.com
Sarah Morse, c/o Dr. Daniel Williams, CREW, Department of English, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP. firstname.lastname@example.org