MemberJoshua Pederson

…”  Religion and Literature.  Fall 2019.

“Trauma and Narrative.”  Cambridge Critical Concepts: Trauma and Literature.  Ed. Roger Kurtz.  Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“Speak, Trauma: Toward a Revised Understanding of Literary Trauma Theory.”  Narrative.  Fall 2014.  Winner of the 2014 James Phelan Award, designating the best essay of the year in Narrative, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

“The Writer as Dervish: Sufism and Poetry in Orh…

religion and literature, the Bible, the contemporary novel, and trauma theory

MemberGnei Soraya Zarook

I’m a Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, Riverside’s Department of English. I read anything that falls expansively under the category of “Sri Lankan Anglophone” literature (and many more things that can’t be listed here) to look at how these works make ethical demands of readers in relation to a war that is, in many respects, not over. I think about the limits and potentials of literature to ethically engage questions of trauma, justice, and memory. I’m invested in how the literary, the ‘real,’ and the clinical intersect to muddy our understanding of what forms of knowledge and practice are accepted and privileged in responding ethically to violence. To this end, I trace how the works I read resist “trauma” as it has come to be understood, practiced, and theorized within the Western academy. I think about the imaginative potential of fiction to recognize lived realities that foreground a different way to approach theory, such that literature and theory might together respond to political violence.

MemberNicholas T Rinehart

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows and Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, where I am also affiliated with the Comparative Slavery Studies group. My research and teaching focus broadly on Black literature in the Americas and the comparative history of Atlantic slavery. I’m also interested in translation studies, philosophy of history, and queer studies. My scholarly writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Journal of Social History, Journal of American Studies, MELUS, and Winterthur Portfolio, with additional essays in the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford UP) and Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright (2019). My public-facing writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Transition: Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Public Books, and Los Angeles Review of Books. I’m also a co-editor, along with Wai Chee Dimock et al., of American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler (Columbia UP, 2017).   My first book project, The Event of Witness: Slave Testimony and Social Practice, charts an alternative cartography of enslaved testimonial expression. Studies of the Anglo-American slave narrative tradition, as well as theories of testimony derived from psychoanalysis and trauma theory, overwhelmingly privilege autobiographical accounts that describe traumatic experience through recollective narration. The Event of Witness investigates Afro-Atlantic testimonial forms that diverge from these established norms. By centering hemispheric, multilingual archives of slave testimony that do not render past “experience,” The Event of Witness draws on feminist and queer theory to reveal how enslaved mystics, correspondents, poets, and storytellers, among others, produced testimony as a mode of mutual witness. The book thus frames slave testimony not as a site of memory but as a worldmaking practice—a way of imagining and enacting forms of social life beyond those imposed by regimes of enslavement and their afterlives.   I received my Ph.D. in English, with a secondary field in African and African American Studies, from Harvard University in 2019. In the English Department, I served as Lead Coordinator for Graduate Colloquia and founder/co-coordinator of the Race & Ethnicity Graduate Colloquium. I was also an affiliate of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and a member of the Tutorial Board in the Department of Comparative Literature.

MemberKatharine Trostel

Katie Trostel earned her PhD in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She serves as Assistant Professor of English at Ursuline College where she has a special interest in Latin American women’s writing, composition, and the digital humanities. Her research project is entitled, “Memoryscapes: Women Chart the Post-Trauma City in 20th- and 21st- Century Latin America.” It examines the treatment of urban space and memories of state-sponsored violence in the works of Latin American women writers of the post-trauma or post-dictatorship generation. She analyzes a largely unexplored archive of contemporary fiction that represents public spaces in the post-trauma city, and negotiates the relationship between collective and individual memory. Her work demonstrates the central role of women in debates over the public memorialization of state-sponsored violence in Argentina (Tununa Mercado), Chile (Nona Fernández), Mexico (Ana Clavel), and Peru (Karina Pacheco Medrano), and extends theories of memory and urban space by arguing that fictional cityscapes serve as primary sites through which difficult national memories are worked through. She also serves as the coordinator of the Venice Ghetto Collaboration.

MemberLaurie Ringer

Specializing in late medieval/early modern literature, I also have interdisciplinary expertise in affect theory (after AL Tsing’s, Karen Barad’s, and Donna Haraway ’s updates to Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Brian Massumi), and diverse speculative fiction. The affect theory strand of my research has developed into a body of work interfacing nomadic, processual thought with contemporary speculative fiction broadly encompassing gothic, science fiction, dystopic, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic texts. The Wycliffite/Lollard strand of my research focuses on the vernacular texts associated with the Wycliffite/Lollard heresy (c.1380-1530). The Wycliffite Repository, an online select concordance generated from an assemblage of 432 Middle English texts, makes my work freely available for consultation.

MemberNanci Buiza

Nanci Buiza is Associate Professor at Swarthmore College. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Emory University. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary Mexican and Central American literature, culture, and cinema. She teaches courses on peace and conflict in Central America; state oppression, violence, and human rights in Mexico; migration along the Central America-Mexico-U.S. corridor; and the impact of neoliberalism in both Mexico and Central America. Her publications and courses approach these topics from the perspectives of trauma, memory, ethics, aesthetics, and affect theory. She has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, A Contracorriente, Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos, Iberoamericana, Hispanic Research Journal,  Hispanófila, and Iowa Literaria. She has an article forthcoming in Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context (MLA, Options for Teaching Series). She is currently writing a book on postwar Central American literature and is editing a volume on the cultural representations of Central American migrants crossing through Mexico.   If you have any questions about accessing her articles, please email her: