The conference hopes to broaden the scope of American literature, opening it to more complex geographies and to a variety of genres and media. To study authors such as Orestes Brownson, Elizabeth Bishop, Teju Cole, Raymond Chandler, and Helena Maria Viramontes is to see that the United States and the world are neither separate nor antithetical, but part of the same analytic fabric. Our conference explores these extended networks through many channels: from the cultural archives circulating across the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, to the dynamic interactions between indigenous populations and those from other continents; from the institutions of print, to the tangled ecologies of literature, art, theater, music, and film, to the digital globalism of the present moment.
Conference attendees are also invited to a slate of related events: a research workshop with Melissa Barton, Curator at the Beinecke Library; a publication workshop with Wai Chee Dimock, William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale and the editor of PMLA, and Jordan Brower, co-editor of American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler (Columbia University Press, 2016); and a “Performing American Literature” mini-festival on Thursday, April 6.
For more information about this conference, including the schedule, posters, panelists, workshops, paper titles, and abstracts, go to: http://amlitintheworld.yale.edu/2017-conference/