Trans Atlantic Shell Shock

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2017
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Trans Atlantic Shell Shock

Although the phenomenon of World War I trauma, particularly shell shock (a term that this volume understands as denoting specifically mental trauma unique to World War I), greatly influenced both British and American literary modernism, the trauma, and its reception, was different on each side of the Atlantic, both in its scale and its quality. This proposed peer-reviewed comparative collection seeks essays on both British and American literary and cultural representations of World War I trauma, particularly shell shock. Essays that compare and contrast the American and British experiences and representations of shell shock are particularly welcome, and will be given special consideration.


Some authors to consider include:

Richard Aldington, Edmund Blunden, Pat Barker, Vera Brittain, Willa Cather, E.E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Sebastian Faulks, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Madox Ford, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Ernest Hemingway, David Jones, Frederic Manning, Toni Morrison, Wilfred Owen, Evadne Price, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon, Dalton Trumbo, Edith Wharton, Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, and authors of short fiction anthologized in works such as Scott D. Emmert and Steven Trout’s World War I in American Fiction (Kent UP, 2014) and anthologies of short British WWI fiction.  


Possible topics include:


*British vs. American experiences of shell shock

*Shell shock and gender

*Women’s experiences of shell shock

*Psychological and physical treatments of shell shock

*Punitive and legal treatments of shell shock

*Shell shock and class/economic status

*Shell shock and labor

*Shell shock and mysticism/metaphysics

*Shell shock and race and ethnicity within the UK and US

*African American shell shock and World War I trauma

*Representations of PTSD and shell shock in memorials and monuments

*Shell shock and psychoanalysis

*Shell shock’s intersections with physical injury


Please send 300 word abstracts (or inquiries) to by January 31st, 2016.