CFP: [American] Representing 9/11, Social Negotiation, and Psychological Trauma (1/2/09)

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Paul Petrovic
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The 17th annual Midwest Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM)
will be held March 20-21, 2009 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb,

Since 9/11, there has been a call for authors to legitimately represent the
attack on New York City. Several texts, including but not limited to
William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition (2003) and Jess Walter’s The Zero
(2006), utilize the 9/11 attacks as a psychological framework within genre
fiction to highlight the (in)stabilization, negotiation, and fragmentation
of individuals in society, while Don DeLillo’s Falling Man (2007) offers a
more literary attempt at directly representing 9/11.

This panel asks not just whether genre novelists such as Gibson, Walter,
and others, deserve a wider consideration from academia given their themes
of representation, but also asks for a sustained analysis of what these
genre and otherwise marginalized authors are doing with 9/11 that is
different from the representations of 9/11 commonly found in “literary”
works by those like DeLillo’s novel. In short, this panel asks for essays
that consider what forms of counter-narratives specific to 9/11 are offered
by authors commonly lumped into genre fiction, while also asking for essays
that assess literary texts such as DeLillo’s Falling Man.

Deadline for submission: January 2, 2009.
Please include a cover page with your name, affiliation, mailing address,
and e-mail address.
Accepted contributions will be notified via e-mail by January 19, 2009.
Please submit your 250 word (one page) abstract as an attachment to

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