>Subject: CFP: The Foreigner: Mirror of Tensions
>(11/1/06; ACLA, 4/19/07-4/22/07)
>From: "Garcia Puente, Maria" <[log in to unmask]>
>Immigration is a phenomenon that contemporary
>societies struggle with. In this context the
>figure of the foreigner is a good scenario to
>explore the dynamics and tensions of cultures in
>contact. The liminal perspective provided by the
>outsider adds a new interpretation of our own
>reality, questioning the foundations of the
>canonical culture and our own identities. ìWhat
>appear to be cultural units-human beings, words,
>meanings, ideas, philosophical systems, social
>organizations-are maintained in their apparent
>unity only through an active process of
>exclusion, opposition, and hierarchization.
>Other phenomena or units must be represented as
>foreign or ëotherí through representing a
>hierarchical dualism in which the unit is
>ëprivilegedí or favored, and the other is
>devalued in some way.î (Cahoone 1996).
>Negotiation of power relations has a lasting
>presence in contemporary literature given the
>intercultural atmosphere that permeates our
>society no. An extensive number of autho!
> rs, from Sartre to Miller or Carlos Fuentes,
>have repeatedly exploited this type to present
>the void existing between the ísameí and the
>ëotherí at a social level and the íselfí and the
>ëotherí at an individual one, two entities
>whose mutual recognition is conceived by Todorov
>as a requisite to reach self-understanding.
>Within the frame of Todorovís theory of The
>Other, this seminar will address a wide range of
>issues such as:
>-The impossibility of communication across cultures.
>-Cultural assimilation and integration processes.
>-The other within oneself.
>-New and old foreigners.
>-The similarity of the differences.
>-Orientalism in intercultural contexts.
>Please, send complete papers through the
>American Comparative Literature Association
>convention website at
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