[UPDATE] Renaissance Trauma (NeMLA Convention April 7-10 2011) Deadline: September 30, 2010

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Northeast Modern Language Convention / Rutgers University
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Renaissance Trauma

This panel seeks papers that explore the experience and/or representation of trauma in Early-Modern texts. Examinations of how Early-Modern cultural, religious, and political institutions dealt with trauma and papers that look at trauma theory and its use in Early-Modern studies are also invited.

Papers might explore, but are not limited to the following issues:

-How trauma was experienced and represented in Early Modern literature and culture.

-How Early Modern cultural, religious, and political institutions dealt with trauma; Renaissance therapies

-Representations of mourning and melancholy

-How the current trauma theories of Cathy Caruth, Dominick LaCapra, Susan Brison, Judith Herman and others might illuminate Early-Modern texts.

-The hazards of applying the nomenclature and methods of trauma therapy to Early-Modern experience.

-How our understanding Early-Modern subjectivity might inflect our notions of therapeutic method.

-Performing horror and secondary trauma in the theater

-The effects of plague

Send 250-500 word abstracts and a brief biography or CV with contact information and affiliation to paul.rosa@ncc.edu. Please also let me know if you have any AV needs.
Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2010.

Consult the NeMLA web site (www.nemla.org) for more information about the conference and the organization.
Panelists may present only one paper at the convention, though they may submit abstracts for consideration to more than one panel.