113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Trauma Over Time

Session Chair: 
Hella Bloom Cohen, St. Catherine University
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Galleria II (PH-ET)
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  1. Joanne Hall, Santa Monica College
    This paper brings together Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay in order to explore the manner in which the creation of a comic/graphic novel functions as both a mode of remembrance and as means of exploring time and intergenerational trauma.
  2. Paula Geyh, Yeshiva University
    W.G. Sebald’s novel Austerlitz opens with a discourse on railway stations and city walls, spaces defining the text’s principal tropes for memory and forgetting.  This paper explores these topographies of memory—its mnemonic system of spatial and temporal continuities, ruptures, and repetitions—in relation to problems of knowledge and writing.    
  3. Hella Bloom Cohen, St. Catherine University
    If trauma is in part synonymous with a paradigmatic Holocaust, Dan Jacobson’s short story “The Zulu and the Zeide” explores two generational responses to this trauma: one of empathy, carried out by the old generation, and one of cruelty, discharged by the new.
  4. Kimberly Drake, Scripps College
    I argue that Richard Wright’s fiction develops a set of tropes that work toward a theory of racial trauma. In this story, Wright portrays lynching as inter-generational trauma, painting a vivid picture of the ways the black community manages the persistent threat to young black men by local whites.
Session Cancelled: