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Ergebnisanzeige "Exodus: 'Where We’re Goin’/Where We’re From' (ACLA Panel)"
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TitelExodus: 'Where We’re Goin’/Where We’re From' (ACLA Panel)
BeschreibungCall For Papers
Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
“Arrivals and Departures”
Long Beach, California
April 24-27, 2008
Seminar topic: "Exodus: 'Where We’re Goin’/Where We’re From'"
Seminar organizer: Eliza Slavet contact:

As a grand narrative of radical transformation, the
Biblical story of Exodus has been used to model, explain and produce
political, theological and social change. Yet it has also been used
to cement particular racial, religious and national identities and to
establish a sense of continuity with the past. Particularly in the
last three centuries, a number of literary authors, composers, film-
makers and political leaders have turned to Exodus as a source of
inspiration. Each version embraces particular events and characters
of the Biblical narrative while it suppresses others. For example,
while Michael Walzer focuses on the liberatory potential of the
Exodus narrative, Edward Said emphasizes the ways in which it has
been used to support colonial conquest, domination and oppression.
And while Walzer and Said privilege the secular political potential
of Exodus, Jonathan Boyarin recalls the explicitly religious contexts
in which the narrative has been used.
This seminar will use Exodus as a point of departure to
explore the tensions between spiritual redemption and earthly
political action, between universalist liberation movements and
particular ethnic-religious interventions, between utopian dreams of
the future and visionary appropriations of particular pasts, and
between departures and arrivals.
Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
responses to Walzer, Said and Boyarin; interpretations of works by
Sigmund Freud, Zora Neale Hurston, Ahad Ha’am, Martin Buber, Bob
Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Burning Spear, and Arnold Schoenberg;
comparisons of Puritan, Zionist and Pan-Africanist or Jewish,
Christian, and Muslim uses of the Exodus narrative.

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Paper title: max. 20 words
Paper proposal: max. 250 words
Bio: max. 50 words
Submit information before Nov. 15, 2007

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