CFP: Asian Am Lit and Trauma (9/14/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Amy Lillian Manning
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This panel session will address how historical, cultural, and personal traumas haunt Asian American authors, characters, and narrative structures. Furthermore, how do historical traumas manifest themselves in Asian American literary narratives and through bodies in literature? Why are historical traumas and personal/sexual/bodily traumas so often simultaneously narrated in Asian American literature? Is this phenomenon of trauma 'haunting' the present experienced differently by male and female Asian American characters? How can we expand the field of trauma studies by focusing specifically on the 'working-out' of trauma in Asian American literature? How would/does this focus on Asian American literature contribute to the study of trauma made so popular by theorists such as Cathy Caruth, Dominick LaCapra, and E. Ann Kaplan. Abstracts of 250-500 words should be sent by email to by September 14, 2006.

NEMLA 2007 Conference
March 1-4
Baltimore, Maryland

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