Theorizing Anger

 For the MLA 2018 convention, my colleague and I are putting together a special session on “Teaching, Writing, and Theorizing Anger.” A slightly extended CFP is below, along with the link to the MLA CFP entry: There is an abundance of brilliant, multivalent writing on anger from marginalized and underrepresented populations, yet, in our national culture, being characterized as angry can aid in dismissal by the “establishment.” As teachers, scholars, and writers, what can our roles be to celebrate/explore/foster/explain productive anger but also challenge and, ultimately, end sweeping and generalized accusations of anger against resistant people?

Some guiding texts, and texts we might hope to explore in our discussion:

Ahmed, Sara – Living a Feminist Life

Baraka, Amiri – S O S: Poems 1961-2013

hooks, bell – Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Lorde, Audre – Sister, Outsider

Martinez, David Tomas – Hustle Sharif,

Solmaz – Look: Poems

We hope that you might be interested in joining the session. If that is the case, I would like to invite you to send us an abstract. Our deadline for abstracts isn’t until March 15th, but we would be delighted to correspond in the meantime if the topic is of interest to you.

Thank you for your consideration. Best regards, Kenna Neitch and Jessica Smith