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Narratives of Memory and Trauma

Convenors: Beata Piątek (Jagiellonian University), Michał Choiński (Jagiellonian University), Joanna Davis-McElligatt (University of North Texas), Frédérique Spill (Université de Picardie Jules Verne)

The aim of the session is to discuss a wide spectrum of literary texts which deal with the topic of trauma and memory in literature. We welcome papers which explore individual, as well as collective perspectives on trauma and its representation in novels, poetry, drama, as well as non-fiction writings. By drawing on various angles of trauma studies, memory studies, as well as literary analysis, we hope to comprehend more fully the factors which shape the perception of the past and its denialism, of narratives of power and exclusion, and of how a deeper understanding of trauma itself may serve to provide an insight into the cross-cultural understanding of community and identity.