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Call For Papers--Richard Wright Centenary Celebration

Richard Wright: The Centenary Celebration

The American University of Paris announces the International Richard Wright
Centennial Conference. It will be held 19-20 June 2008 at The American
University of Paris and at the Musée des années trente (Museum of the Nineteen
Thirties), in Boulogne-Billancourt.

The Conference will encourage broad international and interdisciplinary
explorations of Wright’s life and writing, with a special emphasis on the Paris he
inhabited (1947-1960), both what it was and what it is today as a result of
the marks he left behind, and on his experiences in Africa. Stressing the
importance of Richard Wright, the conference hopes to be an international point of
intersection for all those interested in Wright’s work from literary and
cultural critics, to political activists, poets, musicians, publishers and
historians. We seek the widest range of academic and public intellectual discussion
around Wright’s work which has influenced so many and so much.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Wright in the Black Atlantic: Transnationalism and Transatlanticism
Wright and expatriate Paris
Wright as exile and travel writer
The reception of Wright’s work in various non-U.S. settings
Wright and African American Satire, Irony, and Comedy
Wright and the African American Literary Canon
Wright, Whiteness, and Black Masculinity
Wright and African American Confinement Literature
Wright, Gender, and the Political Use of Modernism
Wright’s Cultural Criticism
Wright and Literary Friendships and Influences
Wright and Films
Wright and Teaching Pluriculturalism
Wright’s Influence on the World Today

Paper/presentation proposals should include:
A brief (250-300 word) abstract.
A brief (1-2pp.) vita.

The deadline is January 15, 2008. Submit abstracts to:
Alice Craven at

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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