>From: "Marta Marin" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Literature of Survivors of Concentration Camps
>World-wide (6/30/06; collection)
>The Research Group for the Study of the Literature of Concentration
>Camps at Wilfrid Laurier University seeks articles for a collective
>volume on the Literature of Survivors of Concentration Camps
>Whereas we take the Shoah as the paradigm from which to establish a
>conceptual framework for the study of the literature of survivors of
>concentration camps, we endorse Giorgio Agamben's understanding of
>the concentration camp as a "dislocating localization" set up by the
>State, which represents the "hidden matrix of the politics in which
>we are still living" (Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life). We
>are therefore open to the analysis of any type of literature
>produced by survivors of a legally sanctioned place of exclusion
>where the condition inhumana forces human beings to confront the
>spectre of bare life.
>We are particularly interested in papers that approach the subject
>from a comparative literary perspective. Studies of texts and
>contexts that have not yet been analyzed in depth and/or that
>challenge to the previous study of the subject are especially
>welcome. We also encourage interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary
>approaches, drawing from developments in such domains as philosophy,
>history, psychoanalysis, politics, pedagogy and legal studies.
>Possible topics include but are by no means limited to:
>1. Comparative approaches to the literary representation of time
>2. The status of the testimony (third-person testimony,
>3. The importance of the literature of survivors of
>concentration camps for current politics.
>4. Gender differences in the literature of survivors of
>5. Literature of survivors and ideology as strategies of survival.
>6. How life "after the event" is presented and problematized
>7. Silence and writing (questions related to the unspeakable,
>the importance of dreams as representation of life before, during
>and after the event).
>8. The transmission of the experience as represented in the
>second and third generations.
>9. Different literary genres (such as poetry, theatre and opera)
>for the transmission of limit experiences.
>10. The language of testimony (transmitting the experience
>through a second or third language).
>Manuscripts should be in English. Authors must provide English
>translations of all citations not originally in English. Please use
>the most recent MLA guidelines for documentation style. Maximum
>Length: 20 pages.
>Please send manuscripts in electronic version along with CV to Dr.
>Marta Marin at: [log in to unmask] Please use the same address if you
>need further information.
>Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2006
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