Organization: American Comparative Literature Association
Event: ACLA Annual Meeting
This seminar (i.e. a paper panel that extends over 2 or 3 days) returns to the Platonic/Aristotelian question of how literature affects its audience: as with drugs, this can be for good or for ill. Or, both simultaneously or in alternation. The concept of bibliotrauma is the evil twin and repressed unconscious of bibliotherapy, born simultaneously with it. Theoretical approaches, or investigations of specific works or genres in the framework of audience-oriented or autobiographical criticism are equally welcome, as are approaches ranging from cognitive literary studies to psychoanalysis to neuroscience.