Individual and Collective Memory in Contemporary Multi-Ethnic Literature (NeMLA; Montreal, Quebec; April 7-11, 2010)

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Shari Evans / University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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This panel seeks papers that investigate the ways contemporary multi-ethnic writers negotiate multiple sites of memory, relating any literary genre to current theories of memory, nostalgia, commemoration, memorialization, cultural memory or trauma studies. Papers that deal with contemporary American multiethnic literatures of any genre are welcome. Papers that problematize or extend theories by considering the relationship of particular works of literature or ethnic literatures to memory are particularly welcome. Papers might consider the retelling of personal experience or oral history in literature; explore the role of memory in preserving or transmitting collective or personal identity through narrative; consider the remembrance of personal incidents for the purpose of surviving or preserving self and culture; evaluate the accuracy or inaccuracy of memory; tie memory to sensation; consider memory as an ethical act; or investigate nostalgia and ethnic identity. Submit 250 word abstracts to Shari Evans ( by September 30.