Dr. Lux delivers paper at University of Paderborn

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday December 2, 2015

Dr. Elaine Lux, Professor of English, presented an academic paper at an international, interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Paderborn, in Paderborn, Germany, from November 12-14, 2015. Her paper, “Narrativity in Dementia, through Fiction: Alice Munro’s “The Bear Came over the Mountain,” Elie Wiesel’s The Forgotten, and Lisa Genova’s Still Alice,” examined three variegated literary treatments of dementia.

Through preparing for and attending this fascinating conference on the theme of Dementia and Subjectivity: Aesthetic, Literary and Philosophical Perspective, Dr. Lux states,

"I discovered a new field of interest for my scholarly work. In addition, I was enriched by the international atmosphere, by hearing others’ papers, by being in dialogue with others, and by my own research and writing on the topic. For me, writing to discover and engaging in dialogue are important ways to learn, grow, and remain vital in my teaching and professional life.”

She concluded her paper in this way:

“These and other fictional works allow us to experience what is termed katabasis in classical heroic journeys, a descent to the underworld, into the darkness. In myth, the protagonist who takes such a journey is enriched. I suggest that we, too, are enriched in reading these works. They help us to face our own fear of the unknowns in our life, our own human vulnerability. They enrich and stretch us and give us, at least vicariously, the ability to have empathy for those who suffer severe memory loss. Above all, they challenge our sense that our identity is defined by our ability to have a narrative self.”

Dr. Lux received her Ph.D from The Union Institute, M.A. from University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from Queens College. She also received the 2015 Arts and Sciences Professor of the Year award.

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