A Literature of Historical Guilt? (deadline September 30, 2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Peter Becker, Harvard University
contact email: 
pbecker@fas.harvard.edu

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

A Literature of Historical Guilt?

This seminar seeks papers on an emerging form of narrative written in the aftermath of atrocity that is best described as literature of historical guilt. Texts in this tradition ask how to come to terms with historical atrocity committed by one’s ancestors. Focusing on fiction from the United States and Germany, we will explore how these literary texts confront historical responsibility, indictment, guilt, shame, evasion or repression, and instances of moral ambiguity?

Please send 250-500 word abstracts to pbecker@fas.harvard.edu.

Deadline: September 30, 2012

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation, email address, telephone number, A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration).

For more information, see www.peterbeckerphd.com.

The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops. Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
interdisciplinary