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Posted by litdaily on May 2, 2011

Mary Grabar’s essay in Minding the Campus, “Writing Teachers: Still Crazy After All These Years,” elicited a particularly unpleasant response in me…>>  Her essay reflects on the Conference on College Composition and Communication, which she recently attended.

Reading her essay reminded me of all the English instructors who uncritically teach composition at universities without advocating critical thinking skills within their students. Also, the fact that she seems offended by critiques of whiteness in composition and rhetoric also undermines her overall argument regarding grammar as she is furthering her own agenda regarding what should and should not be taught in composition.

I suppose there are two camps, which I am going to denote as Grammar and Context.  Grabar (along with Stanley Fish) falls on the Grammar side.  In these two camps, there is a war between Grammar and Context where each believes the other is a necessary evil that needs to be destroyed. I know this sounds harsh but most of these kinds of conversations tend to pick one over the other. It’s a shame.

I propose a necessary mediation between the two: Grammar with Context.  Why not teach both and isn’t teaching both the reality of most composition programs?  Can rules of grammar only be taught in conjunction with canonical English texts? Can’t they be applied to other contexts? Should we force all English instructors to be drones of the “proper” English language and teach only “proper” English texts that are approved by academe?

The comments (especially by parents who don’t have clue and want their kids to follow suit) are hilarious. If parents want their kids to learn Shakespeare rather than composition, why don’t they force their kids to take a Shakespeare class?   If parents think that only composition instructors are responsible for the downward spiraling education in this country, they need to educate themselves before casting stones.


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San Diego Asian Film Festival, Oct 21-28, 2010

Posted by litdaily on September 7, 2010

The San Diego Asian Film Festival showcases documentaries, short films, and  animations. The festival is one of the largest Asian international exhibitions in the United States…more>>

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Graduate Student Conference: Globalization and Aesthetics

Posted by litdaily on August 23, 2010

Scholars such as Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Stuart Hall, Fredric Jameson, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri have theorized globalization and mapped its complex histories and forms. How can we build upon this valuable theoretical work to analyze the ways in which aesthetic forms register and respond to globalization? What might analyses of cultural production and aesthetic form teach us about the processes we have come to term ‘globalization?’ .

The Postcolonial Studies Group of the Rutgers Department of English invites graduate student papers that explore the interconnections between globalization and aesthetics. Possible paper topics and areas of investigation include (but are not limited to): genre and globalization; new formations of subjectivities and collectivities within a globalized world; neoliberalism and aesthetics; globalization and its articulation in performative spaces (theater, festivals, rituals, monuments); world literature; the world literary market; alternative temporalities of globalization; literature, resistance, and globalization.

Papers are invited from across disciplines, including those that take on an inter-disciplinary perspective. The conference will be held at Rutgers, New Brunswick on December 3, 2010. To apply, please submit a 250 word abstract along with a brief CV to by September 15, 2010. All panels will have faculty respondents, and final drafts of papers have to be pre-circulated by October 30, 2010.

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What is “World Literature”?

Posted by litdaily on August 18, 2010

NeMLA 2011, April 6-10, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The panel will explore what “world literature”, that has embedded in it the conjunction world-historical, mean today. By the time Goethe coined the term in the 1800’s much of the non-Western world was already colonized.The impact of this reorganization was far reaching for the West and the non-Western world.What role did colonial structures play in creating a unified global systems theory such as Orientalism? Can Orientalist literature claim to be “world literature”? Many of the challenges posed by the paradigms of “world literature”, global translation, linguistic imperialism, nationalism and modernity open the discussion to new reflection and debate. Have its claims been obscured by assimilations and homogenizations as a result of globalization?

We will examine some of the dilemmas facing “world literature” in our times. Is there a need for shifting categories and bring newness to the study of “world literature”?
Abstracts of 300 words maximum are invited.

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Gender, Sexuality and New Perspectives in Asian American Literature and Cinema

Posted by litdaily on August 17, 2010

NEMLA – Northeast Modern Languages Association Annual Meeting

Deadline: Sept 1st, 2010


This panel explores all aspects of gender and sexuality in Asian American literature and film. Topics can include but are not limited to: women, femininity and family; racialization and minority experience; intimacy and heteronormativity; disability and belonging; diasporas and global migrations of ideas, people, objects; representations of cities, the land and environment; queer Asian America; new media, terror and the spectre of “Asia”; masculinity and citizenship. The desire of the panel is to instigate new conversations about how difference-of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, etc.- marks the cultural and historical production of Asian/American subjectivity and community. Please email 300 word abstract and a brief bio to Kavita Daiya, Associate Professor of English at George Washington University, at OR

This panel is part of the 42nd convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association to be held in New Brunswick, New Jersey April 7-10, 2011. Our host institution this year is Rutgers University, and the convention will be held at the Hyatt New Brunswick.

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