Word Made Flesh, Flesh Made Word: Narratives of Pain, Pained Narratives (NEMLA 2012, 3/15-18)

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This panel seeks to explore various dimensions of pain in French and Francophone literature. How is pain represented? What are the moral, aesthetic, and epistemological stakes of such representation? Does the staging of pain shape or distress textual integrity or architecture? Might we speak of a textual pain? How do pained and painful narratives affect the reader? Please send 300-word abstracts by September 30 to Tali Zechory, tzechory@fas.harvard.edu.