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Friday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 8B, ACC

Postwar: World War II and American Literature

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A special session. Presiding: Roy Scranton, Princeton Univ.

Speakers: Hadji Bakara, Univ. of Chicago; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Brown Univ.; Deak Nabers, Brown Univ.; Kinohi Nishikawa, Princeton Univ.; Melissa Parrish, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick; Bruce W. Robbins, Columbia Univ.; Claire Seiler, Dickinson Coll.

Panelists ask what “postwar” means in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, focusing on how the experience of war gets translated into peacetime understanding and how various agents and institutions work after war to reinterpret its meaning. The “postwar” always occludes itself in its turning from war to peace and back again; we mean to attend to this turning.

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