CFP: [Graduate] Sex, Lies, and Literature: The Fourth Annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Literature Conference
The fourth annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Literature Conference (MadLit) invites paper
proposals for this yearâ€™s topic, â€œSex, Lies and Literature.â€
In the opening chapter to his recent book, After Theory, Terry Eagleton claims, â€œWhat is sexyâ€¦is
sex.â€ Eagleton reminds us that even the most cutting-edge look to the future of theory can, and
should, involve a return to the essentials of the human condition. We wish to take a
comprehensive view of our field that encompasses both our past and future, and interrogate the
concepts: sex, truth, and the text.
This three-day graduate student conference is designed to investigate how literature engages
with notions of sexuality, gender, persuasion, rhetoric, fiction, and truth-value.
This yearâ€™s keynote speaker will be Eric Rothstein, Edgar W. Lacy Professor Emeritus at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
We seek proposals for 15-20 min. presentations and three-person panels on any aspect of â€œSex,
Lies, and Literature.â€ Possible topics include:
o Truth and subjectivity
o Sexuality and sexual identity
o Sexualized bodies
o Gendering texts
o Authorial presence
o Ethics of literary studies
o Conceptions of â€œtruthâ€
o The practice of lying
Please submit a 250-word abstract to Kevin Boettcher at kboettcher_at_wisc.edu by January 5th,
2008. We will announce accepted papers by January 31.
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