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>CFP: MLA 2006 Special Session: Postmemorable Relationships
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>This special session will explore the effects of Holocaust memories 
>on relationships as depicted in works of (auto)fiction by Jewish 
>authors from different national backgrounds. Based on Marianne 
>Hirsch's concept of postmemory, which is defined as "the experience 
>of those who grow up dominated by narratives that preceded their 
>birth" (Hirsch, 1997: 22), this session asks in what ways postmemory 
>affects relationships not only between family members but also 
>relationships outside of the family circle. It investigates to what 
>extent such literature breaks taboos, e.g. by thematizing 
>love-stories between Jews and non-Jews or by judging the parents' or 
>grandparents' actions and choices during the time of the Holocaust. 
>Overall, this session explores how such literature shapes our 
>understanding of the Holocaust today.
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>Papers may explore but are not restricted to the following topics and themes:
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>Holocaust life-writing/autofiction/fiction
>Holocaust and Exile
>Children and the Holocaust
>Questions of Jewish Identity
>Theories of Family
>Judgment of Parents & Generational Conflicts
>Memory and Postmemory
>Love Stories
>Breaking Taboos in literary texts
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>Possible questions include:
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>In what ways do parents' memories estrange and even destroy families 
>and relationships?
>How do later generations define themselves through their parents' 
>memories and/or in what ways do they construct identities that 
>separate them from their origins?
>Do texts posit ways that postmemory can be ignored or escaped?
>How are relationships portrayed between Jews and Germans?
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>Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, a brief professional biography, and
>relevant contact information by March 1st, 2006.
>Submit via email attachment with email subject line MLA 2006 to 
>Julia K. Baker at <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask] and a 
>copy to Aine Zimmerman at <>[log in to unmask]
>While electronic submissions are preferred, you may also submit by post to:
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>Julia K. Baker and Aine Zimmerman
>Department of German Studies
>733 Old Chemistry Building
>ML 0372
>Cincinnati, OH 45221-0372
>Phone: (513) 556-2752
>Fax: (513) 556-1991
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