Over the course of their careers, our two keynote speakers, Ellen Crowell and Peter Caster, have explored the ways that state institutions have criminalized specific bodies. Moreover, they have paid particular attention to how certain literary figures – like the Dandy – may represent resistance to the imperatives for segregation or incarceration created by rigid conceptions of sex, gender performance, and race. Their scholarship engages texts that narrate the individual and collective struggles to radically challenge and disassemble the structures that enforce discrimination. Peter Caster’s recent book Prisons, Race, and Masculinity in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and Film (2008) is grounded in the proposition that “the history, literary and otherwise, of the United States is indivisible from that of its prisons.” Therefore, we must attend to the ways popular culture naturalizes the incarceration of specific populations within the American prison industrial complex. In her book The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction: Aristocratic Drag (2007), Ellen Crowell analyzes how social systems regulate non-normative identities in the United States. Writing how “the dandy figure has been used as a blurred embodiment of both upper-class hegemony and gentry disintegration,” Crowell recognizes how this figure has played a role in citing and defying institutional practices of marginalization. At Sequels 2013, we hope to assemble a dynamic group of graduate students to discuss the myriad ways that power manages diverse populations.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
12th Annual Sequels Symposium
UT-Austin’s Ethnic and Third World (E3W) Literatures Interest Group calls for papers in honor of the work of distinguished alumni Ellen Crowell, St. Louis University, and Peter Caster, University of South Carolina Upstate. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that analytically engage topics related but not limited to:
- Economies of Imprisonment: Critiquing the Prison Industrial Complex
- Queer Communities in the American South
- Human Rights and Incarceration: Prisoners’ Rights and Victims’ Rights
- Public Performance of Sexual Identities
- Discipline, Punishment, and Surveillance
- Representations of Prisons in Popular Culture
- Exile and Segregation as Forms of Incarceration
- Reform Narratives and/or the Role of Education in Prisons
- Criminalized Bodies
- Resistance, Revolt, and “Breaking out”
- American Literature as Transatlantic Literature
Copy and paste your abstract of 150-250 words into an email (no attachments). Send it to SequelsE3W@gmail.com with a brief biographical statement (max 150 words) and your complete contact information. Please put “Abstract 12th Annual Sequels Symposium” in the header of your email. Abstract deadline: Friday, February 22nd 2013.