Renaissance Trauma (NeMLA Convention April 7-10 2011) Deadline: September 30, 2010

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Northeast Modern Language Convention / Rutgers University
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Renaissance Trauma

This panel seeks papers that explore the experience and/or representation of trauma in Early-Modern texts or of how Early-Modern cultural, religious, and political institutions dealt with trauma. Papers that look at trauma theory and its use in Early-Modern studies are also invited.

Papers might explore, but are not limited to the following issues:

-How trauma was experienced and represented in Early Modern literature and culture.

-How Early Modern cultural, religious, and political institutions dealt with trauma; Renaissance therapies

-Representations of mourning and melancholy

-How the current trauma theories of Cathy Caruth, Dominick LaCapra, Susan Brison, Judith Herman, and others might illuminate Early-Modern texts

-Whether the nomenclature and methods of trauma therapy should even be applied to Early-Modern experience

-How our understanding Early-Modern subjectivity might inflect our notions of therapeutic method

-Performing horror and secondary trauma in the theater

-The effects of plague

Send 250-500 word abstracts and a brief biography or CV with contact information and affiliation to Paul Rosa at Please also let me know if you have any AV needs.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2010.

Consult the NeMLA web site ( for more information about the conference and the organization.

Panelists may present only one paper at the convention, though they may submit abstracts for consideration to more than one panel.