Recent Jewish American Literature and Trauma (11/27/09; ALA 05/27-30/2010)

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Philippe Codde
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Recent Jewish American Literature and Trauma

Papers are invited for a proposed panel at the 2010 ALA Conference in San Francisco (May 27-30, 2010).

Much academic research has already been devoted to the problematic representation – in  literature, film, and other forms of art – of  primary traumatic experiences such as genocides or personal moments of crisis. Critics have also focused on the so-called inherited, transmitted, intergenerational, or transgenerational traumas that affect the second generation after the disaster. In the context of Jewish American literature, the second generation after the Shoah is represented by well-known authors such as Art Spiegelman, Melvin Jules Bukiet, and Thane Rosenbaum. Few critics have considered, however, exactly how – or whether – that historical burden also casts its long shadow over the subsequent generations. This panel would therefore like to investigate the ways in which the legacy of the Holocaust (possibly in conjunction with other traumata) is represented in the literary work of third and fourth generation Jewish American authors after the Shoah, writers such as Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, Judy Budnitz, Nathan Englander, Dara Horn, Joseph Skibell, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Ehud Havazelet, and others.

Please send an abstract of 250 to 300 words, together with a brief CV, to by November 27, 2009. Make sure to mention all necessary contact information, as well as any need for audio-visual equipment. Papers should be approximately 20 minutes.