Henry James Society CfP at Midwest MLA "Duality, Doubles, and Doppelgänger"

deadline for submissions: 
April 5, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Henry James Society

The Henry James Society seeks proposals on the MMLA  conference theme of “Duality, Doubles and Doppelgänger” as it relates to the life and/or works of Henry James.

The conference will be held in Chicago on November 14-17, 2019.

 Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Doubles, doppelgängers, brothers, twins, mirror images, hauntings
  • Identity, transcultural identity, psychology studies, cultural studies, literary criticism, gender studies
  • Film and operatic adaptations of James’s fictions
  • Duality in pedagogy, doubles in the classroom (the professor’s persona, teaching Gothic and other generic doubles and duplicities, the student-teacher relationship/dichotomy, teaching with various methods, digital teaching, hybrid and on-line teaching vs face-to-face; the use of avatars)
  • Double-meanings (linguistics, semantics, multiple interpretations)
  • Duality of texts and parataxis
  • Double entendre: humor, jokes, dark humor, all aspects of laughter (laughter as a social construct, laughter as a cultural construct)
  • Translations and translators (translating double meaning, cross-cultural interpretation, choosing the right word, translating the word vs translating the idea)
  • Reproductions, mass productions, copies, reproducing the written word (printing press, typewriter, consumerism, capitalism)

Please submit proposals of 200-500 words by APRIL 5 to the panel organizer, Professor Beverly Haviland at Beverly_Haviland @brown.edu