CFP: History and Representation (12/1/05; 2/10/06-2/11/06)

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Sean P. Connolly
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Entralogos: Romance Studies Graduate Conference 2006
February 10th and 11th, 2006
Cornell University

Turns, Returns, Detours: (Hi)story and (Re)presentation

"Every image of the past that is not recognized by the present as one
of its own concerns," Walter Benjamin writes, "threatens to disappear
irretrievably." The purpose of this conference is to examine the
textual, theoretical, literary, and historiographical problems that
arise when re-presenting the past, specifically in the context of
Romance languages and literature. What does it mean to "represent"
history? In what ways is the value and representation of history
determined by the present? Is history always already a literary,
ideological, or discursive construction? If so, why and how? What and
where are the limits of historical representation with regard to
trauma, violence, language, literature, testimony, and/or experience?

Possible topics include:

* romanticizing history/historicizing Romanticism
* nostalgia
* history and trauma
* the witness and witnessing
* history and textuality/textualizing history
* canon and canonicity
* "histories" of literature
* literacy and oral culture
* histories of identity, gender, or class
* memory and landscape
* commemoration and celebration
* myth, folklore, and legend
* antiquarianism
* history and narration
* negotiation and reconciliation
* history and the uses of representation
* the historical novel
* war memoirs.

Proposals are invited from all areas of Romance studies and from all
theoretical perspectives. Presentations will be strictly limited to 20
minutes (with an additional ten minutes for discussion). Abstracts must
be submitted anonymously and should be no more than 250 words. They
must include an attached cover letter indicating the title, author's
name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. All
papers and abstracts must be in English. Submissions are accepted from
graduate students only. Interdisciplinary approaches encouraged.

Please send application materials to Shanna Carlson (
or Malia Spofford ( on or before December 1st, 2005.

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