Monday, July 12, 2010

Renaissance Trauma (NeMLA)

Renaissance Trauma

This panel seeks papers that explore the experience and/or representation of trauma in Early-Modern texts or of how Early-Modern cultural, religious, and political institutions dealt with trauma. 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
-Whether the nomenclature and methods of trauma therapy should even be applied 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 at Please also let me know if you have any AV needs.
Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2010.

Consult the NeMLA web site ( 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.