Aesthetics of Terror

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association
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Seeking papers for a special session proposal for the Modern Language Association's annual conference (January 3-6, 2019) on the topic of the aesthetics of terror in contemporary literature. Possible topics could include: narrative strategies of representing terror/terrorism, witnessing, the relationship between historical events and fiction, grief and mourning,time and violence, affect studies, fear and paranoia, legitimacy and illegitimacy, continuities and rupture.

Taken together, the panel will explore the following questions: How do works of imaginative fiction mediate the relationship between state and insurgent, just war and terror, and self and other? How does fiction 'plot' terror? Are there limits to what fiction should attempt to imagine?

Studies of works outside Anglo-American canon especially welcome. Please send abstracts of 300 words and CV by 1 March 2018 to Amanda Lagji (amanda_lagji@pitzer.edu).