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Trauma Narratives and ‘Herstory’

With a special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes,

November 12th – 13th 2010 at the University of Northampton, UK

(in collaboration with the University of Zaragoza, Spain)

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Friday November 12th

12:30 – 13:30 Registration and Tea/Coffee (Avenue Campus Reception)

13:30 – 14:45 Welcome and Keynote Address (MR5): Thomas Michael Stein, University of Mainz (Germany): "An abyss of uncertainties": Identity Construction in Eva Figes’s Days and Nelly’s Version

15:00 – 16:30 Panel A1 (MY120) (Chair: Sonya Andermahr)

v  Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen, University of Zaragoza (Spain): B.: 'Emerging from Non-existence into Existence'

v  Silvia Pellicer-Ortín, University of Zaragoza (Spain): Female Herstories and Trauma in Eva Figes’s The Seven Ages and The Tree of Knowledge

15:00– 16:30 Panel A2 (Avenue Board Room) (Chair: Cleo Cameron)

v  Simone Aparecida Aguiar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Dislocation and Trauma in Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban and Loida Perez’s Geographies of Home

v  Hannah Ho, University of York (UK): Depathologizing Racial Melancholia in Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior

16:30 – 17:00: Break

17:00 – 18:30 Panel B1 (MY 120) (Chair: Jon Mackley)

v  Valerie Croisille, University of Limoges (France): Overcoming double victimization in Alice Walker’s Color Purple or the self-healing power of writing "Herstory" 

v  Ema Jelinkova, Palacky University (Czech Republic): Embracing Trauma To Live in Kate Atkinson´s Behind the Scenes at the Museum

17:00 – 18:30 Panel B2 (Avenue Board Room) (Chair: Romeo De La Cruz))

v  Sarah Lightman, University of Glasgow (UK): Drawing Out Trauma: Artists and Artworks from "Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.

v  Magda Stroinska, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada): It’s killing me: Cancer as a Metaphor for Abuse.

(19:00: Meal in the Jade Pavilion Restaurant, paid for by Banco Santander funding -- drinks not included)

Saturday November 13th

9:15 – 10:15 Keynote Address: David Brauner, University of Reading (UK): Jewish Mothers and Jewish Memory in the Work of Jenny Diski, Eva Figes and Linda Grant.

10:15 – 11:45 Panel C1 (MY120) (Chair: Sonya Andermahr)

v  Cindy Chavez, St. Louis University-Madrid (Spain): Stealing the Pen-is: Re-Membering the Literal and Literary Female Body in Theresa Cha´s Dictee 

v  Olga Glebova, Jan Dlugosz University of Czestochowa (Poland): Trauma, female identity and the trope of splitness in Figes, Lessing, Tennant and Weldon

10:15 – 11:45 Panel C2 (Board Room) (Chair: Romeo De La Cruz)

v  Corina Crisu, University of Bucharest (Romania): An Interstice of Silence: Narrating Rape in Oates`s "The Girl with the Blackened Eye" and Sebold`s The Lovely Bones

v  Sorcha Gunne, Warwick University (UK): ‘Walking on Broken Glass’: narratives of trauma and tortured bodies in Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor and David’s Story by Zo? Wicomb

11:45 – 12:00 Tea/Coffee (Avenue Reception)

12:00 – 13:30 Panel D1 (MY120) (Chair: Janet Wilson)

v  Carmen Melchor Iñiguez and Begoña Camblor Pandiella, Universidad Camilo JosÉ Cela, Madrid, (Spain): Aurora de Albornoz, Autobiography, Trauma and the Spanish Civil War

v  Sue Ryan-Fazilleau, Universite La Rochelle (France): Samson and Delilah: Herstory, Trauma and Survival

12:00– 13:30 Panel D2 (Board Room) (Chair: Claire Allen)

v  Malgosia Godlewska, Ateneum-University of Gdansk (Poland): History and Fiction in the Process of Recovery of Lost Identity in Tales of Innocence and Experience by Eva Figes

v  Daniela Babilon, University of Paderborn (Germany): Unreal Realities: Trauma Narratives, Rewriting History, and Magic(al) Realism

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch (Avenue Reception)

14:30 – 16:15 Panel E1 (MY120) (Chair: Sylvia Pellicer)

v  Irralie Doel, University of Liverpool (UK): Light, Monet, and creative process in the work of Eva Figes and Helene Cixous

v  Sara Strauss, University of Paderborn (Germany): The Persistence of Modernism in Eva Figes’s Experimental Literary Forms and Modernist Motifs in Light 

v  Amy Parker, Sherbrooke University, Quebec (Canada): Intoning Male and Female Voices in Eva Figes’ Light and Other Novels 

14:30 – 16:15 Panel E2 (Board Room) (Chair: Mike Starr)

v  Melanie GruÉ, Universite  Paris 7 (France): Trauma and Survival in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, or the power of alternative stories.

v  Emma Dominguez-Rue, University of Lleida (Spain): Herstory Unwritten: Trauma, Memory and History in Toni Morrison's Beloved.

v  Corinne Bigot, UFR Langues et Cultures Etrangères - Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La DÉfense (France): Locking the door: self-deception, silence and survival in Alice Munro’s "Vandals".

16:15 – 16:30 : Break

16:30 – 17:30: Keynote Address: Nathalie Vincent-Arnaud, UniversitÉ de Toulouse II-Le Mirail. Toulouse (France): From Little Eden-A Child at War (1978) to Journey to Nowhere (2008): 'A secret at the heart of darkness opening up', or words at war in Eva Figes's autobiographical work

17:30 – 17:45: Closing remarks