CFP: [General] Trauma and Literature (Nov. 1, 2007; CEA MArch 27-29, 2008)

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Brooke McLaughlin Mitchell
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College English Association National Conference March 27-29, 2008 St.
Louis, Missouri

We invite papers on Trauma and Literature for the 39th annual meeting of
the CEA. While human suffering has been a subject of literature from its
earliest time, modern understanding of trauma, including its
manifestations and the human response to them, offers a more thorough
understanding of these texts than has historically been available to the

Topics can include, but are not limited to:
 The representation of trauma in a literary text and the relevance
of this representation to the understanding of trauma at that historical
 The effect of greater cultural trauma on the representation of
personal trauma and/or suffering
 The relationship between an author’s biography and the treatment
of trauma within a text
 Structural representations of trauma
 The pedagogical benefits of applying trauma theory to literary
texts (such as creating new avenues into a text)

Proposals should be submitted via the online database at by November 1st, 2007.

When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate
your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should
be directed to me, Brooke McLaughlin Mitchell, chair of the Trauma and
Literature panel. You may contact me with questions at, but also please remember that I cannot directly
accept any proposals.

To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes.

All presenters must become members of the College English Association by
January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at

For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other
special sessions, please consult the CEA web site –

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