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From: "Julia K. Baker" <[log in to unmask]>

Subject: CFP: Postmemorable Relationships (3/1/06; MLA '06)

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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