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The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

June 6, 2010

CFP: Trauma Narratives and 'Herstory' with special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes

University of Northampton (UK), School of the Arts, November 12-13, 2010.

"In 2009 the British Library decided to acquire the rights to her personal archives. Yet, despite being an established writer and the recipient of literary prizes, Figes' work has received relatively limited critical attention. For these reasons, we are giving Eva Figes pride of place in an international conference on the topic of trauma and 'herstory', at which we will have the pleasure of interviewing her. Papers are therefore invited on any aspect of trauma and 'herstory' in contemporary writing, and particularly in their treatment in Figes' own work. We also welcome papers on the relationships that can be established between Figes and other contemporary writers who have contributed to the gendering of trauma narratives such as Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, Kate Millett, Anais Nin, Janet Frame, Sylvia Fraser, Anita Brookner, Elaine Feinstein, Bernice Rubens or Anne Karpf.
Suggested topics to explore include, but are not limited to:
•Trauma Studies and contemporary women's writing
•Eva Figes' relation to Trauma Studies
•Trauma in Black and Asian women's writing
•Jewishness and the Holocaust in contemporary women's writing
•Trauma and patriarchal cultures
•The representation of rape and sexual violence
•Motherhood as trauma
•Women's experience of war
•Writing as 'self-healing'
•Eva Figes' relation to feminism
•The power of 'herstories'
•Testimony and Literature
•Beyond 'herstory'? Transgendered trauma narratives
•Eva Figes: the writer in context
•Figes' literary technique and use of language."
Submission deadline for proposals: August 15, 2010.

More information: Calls for Papers website.