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"The Image and the Word"

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23) "Trauma and Literature"
Panel Chair: Asli Tekinay, Bogazici University
E-mail: tekinay@boun.edu.tr  

Today the concept of trauma is widely used to explain individual or collective responses to shocking experiences that are physically and/or mentally shattering. One of the most influential names in literary trauma theory, Cathy Caruth, argues that the traumatic experience is often so sudden and overwhelming that it is almost impossible to put it into words. It cannot be represented for it takes place before the individual is equipped to grapple with it. In other words, trauma escapes language. A deeply traumatic experience impacts the recipient's life to its core: "The story of trauma … as the narrative of a belated experience, far from telling of an escape from reality – the escape from death, or from its referential force – rather attests to its endless impact on life" (Caruth). As shocks that disable the psychic system, traumatic stories abound in contemporary American poetry, fiction, and drama. Be it the story of a veteran who suffered war violence or that of a civilian who experienced torture or rape, the literary accounts of trauma attest to the struggle of language to capture the psychic concussion caused by the traumatic experience.

This panel invites presentations on contemporary American literary texts that set out to convey trauma through empowered language and linguistic tools.



Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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