>From: "D. Stringer" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Trauma and National Literatures (3/22/05; MLA '05)
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>CFP: TRAUMA AND NATIONAL LITERATURES
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>20-minute presentations are solicited for a proposed special
>session for the 2005 MLA Convention, 27-30 December 2005 in
>What are the relationships among national identity,
>historical trauma, and literature?
>The field of trauma studies has often sought to address
>histories of violence, oppression and genocide (particularly
>those of the 20th century and the present) by reading
>literature (particularly European modernist literature) in a
>manner revealing the unquiet, repetitious insistence
>of those traumas in the aesthetic realm. This panel seeks to
>examine the often-unarticulated sources of this ethical turn
>in criticism. Panelists may address individual works and/or
>authors, canons, theoretical and disciplinary issues, or some
>combination. Possible topics may include:
>--What relationship does contemporary trauma studies have
>with earlier efforts to articulate history, culture, and
>--Do particular national-literary traditions, or particular
>historical events, seem more or less amenable to trauma
>theory? In particular, do postcolonial and non-European
>literatures present challenges to the theory?
>--What place should trauma studies have in the literary
>disciplines, in the humanities, or in the academy at large?
>--Does our desire to read trauma in literature represent an
>effort at a public and collective public working-through of
>particular traumas? Or does it represent the impossible
>desire for an end to trauma itself?
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>This topic has not been approved for the convention. Further
>information on the MLA's policies and procedures is available
>at www.mla.org. Potential panelists should particularly note
>an April 7 deadline for membership in the organization.
>250-word abstracts should be sent to [log in to unmask] by
>March 22. Please paste your text into the body of the
>message, rather than using an attachment. All submissions
>will be acknowledged. Those who have already sent proposals
>do not need to resend.
>English Department MSC 1801
>James Madison University
>Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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