New Book: Transnational Spaces. Celebrating Fifty Years of Literary, Cultural, and Language Intersections at NeMLA
Transnational Spaces: Celebrating Fifty Years of Literary and Cultural Intersections at NeMLA
Carine Mardorossian, Simona Wright (Eds.)
This volume celebrates fifty years of NeMLA’s important presence in the world of academia with a collection of essays that adopt a transnational critical lens. With the present selection, we intend to add our voices to the ongoing debate centered on the renegotiation of space, national, and cultural geographies; to foster both the re-thinking of language(s) and literature(s) not exclusively in English and the study of race, gender, sexuality, and class within and across national boundaries. Most pertinently for this collection, we hope to add meaningful material to produce new theoretical paradigms and to rethink the role and significance of the humanities in today’s world. In this light, ‘Transnational Spaces: Celebrating Fifty Years of Literary, Cultural, and Language Intersections at NeMLA’ offers a contribution to the study of our present, transnational condition, from the point of view of an organization, the ‘Northeast Modern Language Association’, that since its inception in 1969, has sought to provide a space of encounter, debate, and open intellectual exchange for all its members as well as for the academe at large. The essays contained in this volume emphasize the interdependency and interrelations engendered by the globalized world in which we live, highlighting the possibility to create new knowledge and forms of understanding across the boundaries of nationhood and region. At the same time, they remind us that the present situation calls for a radical self-examination of a history of systemic racism which continues to produce episodes of police brutality, rationalizes cultural and economic exclusion, and normalizes the incarceration of African Americans and “illegal” immigrants, including children and minorities. In this light, with this volume, we hope to have provided inclusive, egalitarian, and cosmopolitan spaces of encounter, exchange, and interrogation.
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