Writing Survival: Coping with and learning from violence in literature (RMMLA Oct. 14-16,2010)

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RMMLA Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association October 14-16, 2010
Albuquerque, NM
Special Topic Session (Gender Studies and General Topics)
Submission deadline: March 1, 2010

Title: Writing Survival: Coping with and learning from violence in literature

Session Chair: Kim Fordham kfordham@augustana.ca

Description: This session will focus on what we can learn from violence in literary texts written by women since 1960.
I seek fellow scholars exploring the myriad of complex issues inherent in acts of violence as well as in the resolutions to violence offered by female authors. Although these authors may attend to some of the graphic details of violent acts, they more importantly challenge us to think more critically about the roots and effects of violence.
I am particularly interested in papers that address the following themes, though I welcome submissions on other related topics as well:
• The role of creativity in healing from violence
• Disruptive powers of violence and aggression
• Resolutions to violence
• Intersections of gender and violence
• Politics of violence, including poverty and gender
• Survival and coping strategies
• Complex consequences of violence for victim and for society
• Effects of violence, i.e., addictions, eating disorders, loss of self, dislocation
• Embodied acts of violence against the self: self-disgust, self-mutilation
• Considering the perpetrators / reading the monsters
• Victim perpetrator dichotomy - why and how do victims become perpetrators?
• Power relations
• The types of violence can include, but are not limited to, childhood abuse, including sexual abuse; domestic violence; cultural genocide

I look forward to your response. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you very much,
Kim Fordham, PhD
Associate Professor of German
Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
4901 46 Ave Camrose, Alberta T4V 2R3
tel 780 679 1162 fax 780 679 1590 kfordham@augustana.ca