CFP - NeMLA March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY: The Jewish Experience in Contemporary Italophone Literature and Cinema.

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Philip Balma / Northeast Modern Language Association
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Papers exploring the literary and cinematic representations of the Italophone Jewish experience will constitute the principal focus of this panel. Presentations on unstudied/understudied artists are especially welcome. This panel aims to move beyond the tendency exhibited in some academic circles to look at Primo Levi's experiences as emblematic of those of the Italkim in general, but also to properly contextualize the study of Italian-speaking, foreign-born authors such as Edith Bruck and Giorgio Pressburger who (among others) have had an undeniable impact on how audiences perceive the modern Italian Jewish experience. Presentations will be informed by the most recent scholarship on the subject (Quercioli-Mincer, Serkowska, Speelman, Minuz and others).

Send a 300 word abstract (by September 30th) along with a description of any technological (audio/video) needs to:

Prof. Philip Balma
University of Connecticut
337 Mansfield Rd, Unit 1057
Storrs, CT 06269

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