CFP: [Gender Studies] Deep Dish: Camp, Verbal Revenge, and the art of the Literary Snap Queen [NEMLA] 2009

full name / name of organization: 
reginald a. wilburn
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This proposed panel seeks papers that will analyze the "deep dish"
of "literary snap queens" in American literature, drama, or cinema. The
term "snap queen" generally refers to effeminate queer identities, who
wield words as subversive weapons against established authority. "Deep
dish" signifies linguistic acts laced with camp appeal and witticisms.
The discourse may be specifically rooted in gossip, routine conversation,
or instances of repartee, and its practice is not confined to queer
identities. Thus, characters possesing a camp appeal or the authors and
playwrights who give them their lines and personas may serve as points of
inquiry toward analyzing the verbal art and "deep dish" of literary snap
queens. Tennesse Williams' Maggie, "the Cat," Zora Neale Hurston's Janie
Crawford, and Oscar Wilde himself represent a few possible examples
of "deep dish" characters or artisans speaking or writing in the
linguistic mode of literary snap queens. A primary focus of this panel
aims to evaluate the rhetorical structures or verbal art of camp rhetoric
and discover its impact on readers, characters, literary form, and/or
reader/viewer response.

Please send 1-2 page proposals to Reginald A. Wilburn @ by September 30th 2009.

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