Dr. Anna Rocca to participate in the conference of Northeastern Modern Language Association

Dr. Anna Rocca

Dr. Anna Rocca will participate as panel chair and presenter at the 2011 conference of the Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA) in New Brunswick, New Jersey (April 7-10, 2011).

NeMLA is a scholarly organization for professionals in English and modern languages. Most members are professors at colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and eastern Canada. This is the second year that Dr. Rocca is proposing, organizing and chairing a panel as well as presenting a research paper.

Title: Exploration of Senses in Contemporary Francophone Women's Autobiography  

Understanding that the sensory organs are the tools through which we interact with the world, the aim of this panel is to look at the roles of the senses in contemporary francophone women's autobiography as a potential way to relearn and rethink fundamental aspects of women’s self construction and perception of the surrounding environment. In addition to sight and hearing, the most emphasized senses in literature, taste, smell and touch, as well as the less familiar senses of movement (vestibular) and of body awareness in space (proprioception) will be part of our investigation. Some themes to consider: what is the place and role granted to senses? Do senses help the author deepen the understanding and representation of reality? Do sensorial perceptions facilitate defining alternative ways of connecting to the world? How does attention to senses affect the surrounding world? Is there a sense that is privileged and if any, what are the implications of it? Are there unique qualities associated to a specific sense? How do different senses interact with each other? Do senses influence the author’s perception of past memories and/or space?

Description

Understanding that the sensory organs are the tools through which we interact with the world, the aim of this panel is to look at the roles of the senses in contemporary francophone women's autobiography as a potential way to relearn and rethink fundamental aspects of women’s self construction and perception of the surrounding environment. In addition to sight and hearing, taste, smell and touch will be part of our investigation. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Anna Rocca, Salem State University at arocca@salemstate.edu

Panel discussion will take place on Friday, April 8, 2011 from 3 - 4:30 pm (session 8.17 Brunswick C)

Participants

  • Exploration of Senses in Contemporary Francophone Women’s Autobiography
    Chair: Anna Rocca, Salem State University
  • “I Sleep Close to Her Body: Reading the Senses in North African Women’s Autobiography”
    Lucy McNair, Medgar Evers College-CUNY
  • “Ex-Choriating the Self: Julia Kristeva on Sensation and Proprioception Through Abjection”
    Severin Kitanov, Salem State University
  • “Movement and Emancipation in Assia Djebar’s Nulle part dans la maison de mon père
    Lisa Connell, University of West Georgia
  • “Senses, Sensibilities and Sensuality: the World of Nina Bouraoui”
    Anna Rocca, Salem State University