>Subject: CFP: Modern Jewish Popular Literatures:
>Beyond the U.S. (3/15/06; MLA '06)
>From: "Roth, Laurence" <[log in to unmask]>
>Modern Jewish Popular Literatures: Beyond the U.S.
>Recent investigations into American Jewish popular literature and culture
>have highlighted both the „insideľ interest of American Jews to subvert or
>recontextualize Jewish identity, and the „outsideľ interest of the culture
>industries in exploiting yet another profitable brand of urban youth
>But less explored are the Jewish popular literatures that developed in
>Eastern and Western Europe, in Israel and the Middle East, and among
>Orthodox as well as secular Jews upon their entrance into modernity. Their
>extensive history offers a much-needed transnational context for the
>contemporary American Jewish scene.
>This proposed panel invites papers that consider these popular literatures,
>their form and content (formula stories, cookbooks, journalism, youth
>publications, etc.), and the cultural work they do.
>Possible topics include, but are not limited to, how they mediate between
>Jewish culture and gentile society, or between Jewish interpretive
>communities; the ways in which they speak for and to Jewish enclave
>cultures; their reception and collection; their reflection of the literary
>and cultural marketplace; how they negotiate the relation between capital
>and Jewish/Israeli vernacular or oppositional cultures; and their role in
>constructing and disseminating youth culture.
>Please send a 250 word abstract and a brief CV by March 15 to Laurence Roth
>Dept. of English & Creative Writing
>514 University Avenue
>Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1001
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