NeMLA March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY:

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Jeffery C. Blanchard / Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel will seek to address the role Modern and contemporary literature play during wartime and whether or not they provide a culturally valuable response to conflict. As we move further into the 21st century, and our wars deepen as well, the need to examine our representations of war in literature become more important. Wartime generates a need for many things, but is literature one of them? In a world where science and the military dominate by taking swift, concrete actions during war, it is critical for our discipline to consider the significance of wartime literature and its potential value as a medium of response. Does literature facilitate recovery from trauma? Does it help represent the horror of battle to those removed? Are there specific expectations for war literature as a genre (or genres – war poetry, the war novel, wartime drama)? Has the role of wartime literature changed over time? These are just some of the many questions to consider as we look at the ways in which literature has dealt with war and whether or not these representations have come to be of value to society. This panel welcomes proposals that examine the literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as they respond to various wars and conflicts.

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Deadline: September 30, 2011
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