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>From: Parvinder Mehta <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Understanding the Rhetoric of Violence and Immigrant 
>Identity in Contemporary Narratives (3/15/05; MLA '05)
>
>Interested individuals are invited to submit proposals for
>papers for a proposed special session for the 2005 MLA
>Convention in Washington, D.C.,
>December 27-30, 2005.
>
>Understanding the Rhetoric of Violence and Immigrant Identity
>in Contemporary Narratives
>
>What are the dynamics involved in narrating and representing
>as well as reading violence? How can one understand the
>fascination with and the lingering description of acts of
>violence in so- called ĺ─˙violentĺ─¨ narratives? Are violent
>narratives always charged with ideologies that suggest our
>psychological and moral complicity with violence? What about
>narratives where violence is fundamental to the achievement of
>identity and self-consciousness and is not only sanctioned but
>also celebrated? This panel will explore these questions and
>more situated in relation to immigrant identities as
>represented in contemporary literature and/or films. Perhaps
>using various aspects of diverse formulations of subjectivity
>as postulated in reader response and feminist film theory or
>poststructuralist theories of subjectivity, this panel may
>focus on the reader as a subject who seems to negotiate
>between fictional violence encountered in the text and psychic
>violence where the reader is forced to position her own
>subjectivity in a mimetic phenomenon.  Other approaches on
>interpreting violence in contemporary literature and/or films
>are also welcome.
>
>Please send an abstract of 250-300 words along with brief
>vitae to Parvinder Mehta at [log in to unmask] by 15th March 2005.

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