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>From: "Julia K. Baker" <[log in to unmask]>
>
>Subject: CFP: Postmemorable Relationships (3/1/06; MLA '06)
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>
>CFP: MLA 2006 Special Session: Postmemorable Relationships
>
>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.
>
>Papers may explore but are not restricted to the following topics and themes:
>
>         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
>
>Possible questions include:
>
>         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?
>
>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 
>[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:
>
>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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