Illness, Disease, Trauma and Disability in Italian American Literature and Film (NEMLA 2014)

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Johanna Rossi Wagner & Maria Truglio
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Illness, Disease, Trauma and Disability in Italian American Literature and Film

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

This panel seeks papers that explore narratives of illness, disease, trauma or disability in Italian American literature or film. Questions may include: How have Italian American authors represented these conditions? Do these texts invite readers to conflate or to distinguish among these conditions? Have Italian American authors deployed images of illness, disease, and/or disability as metaphors of their ethnic identity? How have these conditions intersected with ethnicity? Have Italian American literature and film envisioned illness, disease and disability differently from mainstream texts? Papers may be informed by any methodological approach.Send 300 word abstracts and a short bio to Johanna Wagner and Maria Truglio at with NeMLA 2013 in the subject line by September 30, 2013.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: "the best book you'll read this year." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw's plays at the Players Club in New York City.

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.