In the Wake of 9/11: American Texts in the Twenty-First Century (NeMLA, April 7-10, 2011; deadline September 30)

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NeMLA, April 7–10, 2011, New Brunswick, NJ

"In the Wake of 9/11: American Texts in the Twenty-First Century"

The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 raises new questions about the possibilities and limitations of memorialization, bringing new complexity to acts of re-evaluation and re-assessment. In the past ten years, representations of 9/11 have recovered meaning at the site of loss and have also problematized such attempts, offering a range of ideas about the relationship between textual representations and the material facts of history. In Falling Man, Don DeLillo describes the post-9/11 landscape, writing, "Everything now is measured by after." In 2011, how do we measure these works?

At its center, this panel will consider how twenty-first century American texts in literature, drama, television, and film have represented 9/11. Papers might extend the gaze to assess the field of critical work on representations of 9/11. At this time of re-evaluation and re-assessment, there are many questions to consider. What emerges in American texts in the wake of 9/11? What does it mean to be in the "post-9/11 age"? What are the ghosts of 9/11? As we move further into the twenty-first century, how does 9/11 figure in the landscape of American texts and in critical discourse?

Please send 500 word abstracts to Dr. Lisa Perdigao at by September 30, 2010.

All accepted panelists must be NEMLA members. For more information about the convention see