CFP: [American] CFP - Traumatic Memory and Narrative Memory in Ethnic American Literatures

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Kara E. Jacobi
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Call for Papers â€" Rocky Mountain MLA in Snowbird, UT â€" October 8-10, 2009

Special Topics Session on Literature and Trauma: Traumatic Memory and
Narrative Memory in Ethnic American Literatures

The Special Topics Session on Literature and Trauma has focused on a
range of specific issues â€" in 2008, the panel discussed the
representation of trauma in Holocaust and Ethnic American Literatures,
and in a previous year, it invited papers specifically on trauma in the
Native American literary tradition.

This year’s session invites papers that explore manifestations of
traumatic and/or narrative memory in Ethnic American literary texts.
Papers might comment on the depictions of traumatic memory in a text or
texts, or how authors and/or characters attempt to (successfully or
unsuccessfully) transform traumatic memory into narrative memory as a
means of recovery and healing. Panelists may address texts from any
Ethnic American tradition including but not limited to the African
American, Asian American, Chicano/a, Latino/a, and Native American
traditions. Comparative approaches are also welcome. This session hopes
to encourage discussion of issues of cultural specificity in regard to
trauma and recovery and the possibility of cross cultural or comparative
analyses of trauma and recovery.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to Kara Jacobi at by Friday, March 6.

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