CFP: [General] ALA Panel: Trauma, Illness & Disability in Ethnic American Literature

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Mia Zamora
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A Panel for the Annual Conference of the
American Literature Association
San Francisco, CA, May 22-28, 2008

Panel Proposal: Trauma, Illness, & Disability in Ethnic American

This panel will focus on literary representations of illness, disability,
and trauma as complex and productive metaphors for American experience.
Literary tropes of multiple pathologies of the body invite us to reflect
upon bodily conditions and behaviors that mark out the boundaries of the
individual, the social, and the national (as well as their
transgressions). Furthermore, migration, displacement, and mobility have
had great impact on Americans lives. Ethnic American texts bare a
special burden in negotiating the cultural tension of modern migrancy in
racial, gendered, and sexualized terms. How is migration and
displacement written on the body? For this panel proposal, I seek to
explore the literary connections made between race, ethnicity, disease,
and place. These connections are indeed both complicated and provocative
in contemporary transnational Ethnic American Literature.
By January 1, 2008, please send a 250 word abstract and a brief CV/bio by
e-mail to:
Mia Zamora, Department of English, Kean University,

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