CFP: [American] Twentieth-century American War Narratives (NeMLA 9/15/2008)

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Trisha Brady
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Twentieth-century American War Narratives: Representing Trauma

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26 - March 1, 2009

Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

This seminar/panel seeks to expand the category of American "war
literature" by considering twentieth and twenty-first century texts that
narrate the trauma of war and its aftermath. How does the experience of
war mark bodies and psyches? What traces of violence does war leave, and
how do authors make them visible in post-war narratives that represent
the traumatic effects of war? How do victims, perpetrators, and other
witnesses or participants bring the experience of war back to American
domestic settings in post-war narratives? What challenges did writers
seeking to describe the traumatic effects of war face? What reading
strategies can we use to answer these questions? What are the strengths
and weaknesses of trauma theory as an interpretive lens for reading post-
war texts by American authors?

Please submit 500-600 word abstracts via email (MSWORD attachments,
please) to Trisha Brady, Dept. of English, SUNY at Buffalo: or
Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

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Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention
participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present
at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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