Considering Aldous Huxley’s statement that “Every man's memory is his private literature,” we confront such fictive constructions as most puzzling when they come into conflict with the private literature of another’s remembrance, based on the same moment. Whose perceptions are privileged when constructions of past realities clash? When/how do perceptions of sexual intimacy transform into accusations of abuse? In what ways does the trajectory of age impact formations of memory? This panel will examine the construction and deconstruction of truth and lie as they shape multiple recollections of reality in the texts Blackbird (David Harrower), Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov), and Doubt (Patrick Shanley). Papers exploring any of these texts in themselves, with each other, or considering conversations between any of these texts with another which explores such “formations of truth” are most welcome. Please send a 250—500 word abstract plus curriculum vita to email@example.com. PDF or Word files only. Submissions must be received by midnight, September 15, 2009.
Cathy E. Fagan, Ph.D.
Nassau Community College//8 Bradley Hall
1 Education Drive
Garden City, New York 11530
516-572-7718 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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