The Absent Corpse (NeMLA 2013, March 21-24, Boston)

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David Sherman / Brandeis University

The Absent Corpse

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

This comparative seminar will explore representations of absent corpses, those that have disappeared or been effaced. We will consider the missing dead, in their double absence, as a unique demand on narrative, lyric, and dramatic techniques. What forms of representation are generated by death practices without a body? How do the cultural politics of death, as assertions of identity and moral claims in the public sphere, compensate for absent corpses? This seminar will extend over two or three days. Participants will pre-circulate papers. Please send inquiries, 200-300 word proposals, and a brief bio by September 30 to David Sherman at and Karen Bishop at

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.