Nations suffer trauma and shock during and after conflict. In response, narratives are written, which, in turn, become fictional history and enter the imaginative store held by the peoples of that space. The significance of these fictional (and often not so fictional) accounts of war to the creative, social and political act that is post-conflict nation rebuilding cannot be under-estimated.
This collection will therefore draw together for the first time a range of narratives of conflict and revolution as represented by Latin American women writers. Whilst certainly privileging the diverse roles and experiences of women in 20th and 21st century conflicts, and thus allowing for common threads to be found, it will attempt to do justice to the complexity of these experiences and their representations by embracing a broad definition of conflict and by engaging with a wide range of narratives of conflict. In this way, it will allow for both contiguities and differences, and will provide a space for the exploration of versions of subjectivity, writing and experience in conflict to co-exist.
Contributions might include (but not be limited to) the following areas of enquiry:
Conflict in public and private experience
Conflict as essential context for constructions and projections of subjectivity
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