CFP: Trauma and the American Revolution: Representing Rupture (4/16/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

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"Trauma and the American Revolution: Representing Rupture." This panel
will examine literary representations of the American Revolution from
the point of view of trauma and historical rupture. What is the
significance of those representations, which imagine the revolutionary
era in terms of absence, ambiguity, loss, and the crisis of identity?
One of our most famous tales involving the revolution, Washington
Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," for example, figures the war as a central
and productive absence in the text. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Legends of
the Province House contemplates the implications of the war in terms
that often evoke the reader's sympathy for those who under go what
might be called a symbolic death as pre-revolutionary identities
collapse. We welcome essays that approach this question from a variety
of methodologies, including historical, theoretical, and philosophical.
Email 250-word abstracts to Sean J. Kelly, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo,, by April 16th.

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