CFP: [International] Between the "Urge to Know" and the "Need to Deny": Ethics and Trauma in Contemporary Na

full name / name of organization: 
Sonia Baelo-Allue
contact email: 
baelo@unizar.es

CALL FOR PAPERS

BETWEEN THE “URGE TO KNOW” AND THE “NEED TO DENY”: ETHICS AND TRAUMA IN
CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVE IN ENGLISH
(X JORNADAS DE LITERATURA CONTEMPORÁNEA EN LENGUA INGLESA)
Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana
Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)
March 25-28, 2009

Trauma has become a central trope in the cultural imagination of the late
twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and critics across ideological
spectrums seem to agree that we are now living in an “age of trauma.” Being
an important sub-strand of the so-called ‘Ethical Criticism,’ Trauma
Studies emerged as a critical trend in the 1990s through the voices of
trauma theorists such as Cathy Caruth, Dominick LaCapra, Shoshana Felman
and Geoffrey Harpham, among others. This new interest was the result of the
effects of the two World Wars and other armed conflicts, the clash of
civilisations, the processes of decolonisation and globalisation, and the
alienation of affections triggered off by the new technologies and the
consumer society. The Holocaust has become the paradigm of traumatic
experience, and the terrorist attacks by religious fundamentalists on the
population of New York (11 September 2001), Madrid (11 March 2004), and
London (7 July 2005), have introduced the vocabulary of trauma in our
general speech. However, trauma theory has also focused on a literature
that points to History as the determining factor in causing interracial
traumas or postcolonial conflicts.

In the struggle that trauma creates between the “urge to know” and the
“need to deny,” we welcome contributions that will explore the theoretical,
heuristic and hermeneutic articulations of trauma in contemporary narrative
in English.

Suggested topics to explore include, but are not limited to:

* The representation of historical and/ or personal trauma in contemporary
narrative in English.
* The study of formal innovations devised by contemporary writers in order
to represent both collective and individual traumas.
* The connections between the representations of historical traumas and
personal traumas, of fiction and testimony.
* Trauma and literary genres, politics, gender, postcolonial studies and
indigenous peoples’ studies.
* Representations of trauma in the arts.

Three copies of completed papers (max. 2,500 words, aprox. 9 double-spaced
pages, including notes and works cited) following the MLA Handbook for
Writers of Research Papers, together with a 100-150 word abstract should be
sent to the organisers. Author information is to be sent in a separate
sheet (including name, filiation, contact address and paper title).
Deadline for submissions: JANUARY 12th, 2009.

M. Dolores Herrero
dherrero_at_unizar.es

Sonia Baelo-Allue
baelo_at_unizar.es

Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
50009 Zaragoza, Spain

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