CFP: [African-American] (Re)Call and Response: Memory in Contemporary African American Fiction

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. E. Tettenborn

This panel focuses on representations of memory (both traumatic and
ordinary) in the contemporary African American novel or short story. The
goal of the panel is to gain new perspectives on the varied approaches
African American writers have taken to represent collective and private
recollections of historical events. At the same time, the panel encourages
comparisons of contemporary depictions of memory to classic portrayals such
as the slave narratives of Frederick Douglass or Harriet Jacobs.

Possible topics:
Contemporary depictions of memory vs. classic portrayals (e.g., slave
narratives); The call-and-response tradition , memory, and history: Who
calls out to whom, and who responds?; Representing memories of actual
historical events; Memory as a privilege; Depicting traumatic memory;
Memory and order; Imagining memory in the absence of official historical
records; Memory, irony, humor, and parody; Teaching literary African
American memory.

By October 15, send abstracts & cover letter to Dr. Eva Tettenborn at or Penn State Worthington Scranton, 120 Ridge
View Dr., Dunmore, PA, 18512.

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