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Caribbean modernist novels of the 1950-70s are frequently deeply engaged with urban geography, from the streets of Port-of-Spain to the avenues of London. And they represent those city landscapes in strikingly different ways, from the departicularized, disorienting London of George Lamming’s The Emigrants to the carefully mapped Bayswater of Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners, to name just a few. As critics like Peter Kalliney and Gail Low have recently explored, these writers were also involved in urban institutions, from universities like the University of the West Indies in Kingston, to mass media like the BBC, to government agencies like the office of the Commissioner of the West Indies. This panel seeks papers that examine the ways in which novels or poems by Caribbean writers and those of the Caribbean diaspora represent urban space, and how those representations fit within the larger institutional structures that made possible those representations. We’d welcome papers that focus on architecture, gender, urban planning, film and television, visual culture, etc. Please send 300 word abstracts and a brief bio by March 10th to schotter.1@osu.edu.


Conference Location: Brooklyn, US
Conference Starts: October 22, 2020
Conference Ends: October 25, 2020

CFP Submission Deadline: March 10, 2020

For more information, contact: Jesse Schotter