CFP: [20th] Writing Survival: Coping with and learning from violence in literature

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Kim Fordham
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RMMLA Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association October 8-10, 2009
Snowbird, Utah
Special Topic Session (General Topics)
Submission deadline: March 1, 2009

Title: Writing Survival: Coping with and learning from violence in
Session Chair: Kim Fordham

This session will focus on what we can learn from violence in literary
texts written by women since 1960.

I seek fellow scholars exploring the myriad of complex issues inherent in
acts of violence as well as in the resolutions to violence offered by
female authors. Although these authors may attend to some of the graphic
details of violent acts, they more importantly challenge us to think more
critically about the roots and effects of violence.

I am particularly interested in papers that address the following themes,
though I welcome submissions on other related topics as well:
• The role of creativity in healing from violence
• Disruptive powers of violence and aggression
• Resolutions to violence
• Intersections of gender and violence
• Politics of violence, including poverty and gender
• Survival and coping strategies
• Complex consequences of violence for victim and for society
• Effects of violence, i.e., addictions, eating disorders, loss of
self, dislocation
• Embodied acts of violence against the self: self-disgust, self-
• Considering the perpetrators / reading the monsters
• Victim perpetrator dichotomy - why and how do victims become
• Power relations
• The types of violence can include, but are not limited to,
childhood abuse, including sexual abuse; domestic violence; cultural

Kim Fordham, PhD
Associate Professor of German
Chair of Humanities
Director, CSSG
Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
4901 46 Ave Camrose, Alberta T4V 2R3
tel 780 679 1162 fax 780 679 1590

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