116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

21st-Century Literature

Presiding Officer: 
Christopher Leise, Whitman College

Eighteen years in, our twenty-first century literary traditions are beginning to take shape, and, indeed, it may be time to bring the unhelpfully-named "contemporary" period to a close. Has our culture indeed shifted into a new literary period? What aspects of the new era provide it a sense of definition? Or, is the defining crisis that will launch a new literary period just on the horizon? The 9-11 Attacks, globalization/neoliberalism, the Anthropocene, the collapse of a post-Cold War détente with the resultant repolarization of world powers, and many other cultural shifts may serve as useful markers of an incipient yet-to-be-labeled era. In this spirit, this special session will address literary works across different genres and cultural origins since the turn of the millennium and the challenges associated with categorizing, examining, and teaching them.

Status: 
Closed (not accepting submissions)
Topic Type: 
Special Session