UPDATE: Irresponsibility (Singapore) (5/15/06; 9/28/06-9/30/06)

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Update and Final Call for Papers:
Irresponsibility (Singapore, 05/15/06; 9/28-30/06)

Inaugural English Literature Conference:
Division of English, NTU, Singapore, 28-30 September

This is the final call for papers for the upcoming
conference on irresponsibility in literature. The
keynote and plenary speakers have now been confirmed:

J. Hillis Miller, former president of the Modern
Language Association, Emeritus Distinguished Professor
of English and Comparative Literature at University of
California, Irvine.

Shirley Chew, Emeritus Professor at the University of
Leeds, and Visiting Professor at NTU.

Eugene O’Brien, Head of Department and Professor of
English at the University of Limerick.

Please find the original CFP below.

Accepted panels include the following. Please feel
free to submit papers that fit the below categories as
well as to propose additional papers or complete
panels on any aspect of irresponsibility in

- Authenticity and Inauthenticity in
Nineteenth-Century Irish Literature

- Subversion in Contemporary Irish Writing

- Narrating Speculation and Fiscal Responsibility in
Victorian Literature & Culture

- Victorian Sloth and Porn: Decadence, Degeneration,
and Fictions of Victorian Responsibility

- Staging Irresponsibility: Drama, Theatre, and

- Making “the Other” Responsible: Irresponsibility in
Nineteenth-Century Colonial Writing

- Theorising the Irresponsible

- Resignification, Colonisation, and Ir/responsibility

- Ethics & Irresponsibility

- Being Responsible in Eighteenth- and
Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing

- Jocular Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century
Narrative (TBC)

- Autobiography & the Confessional

- Cinematic Pleasures

- Postmodernism and Inauthenticity

- The Literature of _Irresponsible_ Singapore

- Irresponsibility in Malaysian and Singaporean

- Contemporary Fragmentation

- Insanity and Literature

- Postcolonialism – A Question of Irresponsibility?

Original CFP:

Please note the final deadline for submissions.

Literature tells us—before psychoanalysis, before
deconstruction—that our crimes are overdetermined, our
ethical concepts unstable. Yet the facile deployment
of the rhetoric of responsibility and
irresponsibility, in all manner of debate, indicates
the widespread abuse of the concept of responsibility,
if not its bankruptcy. With our title
“Irresponsibility,” we hope to provoke a conversation
aimed at assessing both the contribution of literature
to our understanding of the concept of responsibility
and its vicissitudes, and the possible resistance
within literature and literary studies to cheap
distinctions between responsibility and
irresponsibility. We hope also to provide a forum for
those interested in determining the responsibility of
literary studies today, both within its own domain,
and in its relation to other disciplines. We welcome
a wide variety of approaches to our theme, and
encourage a broad understanding of its scope.

Please send abstracts of 300 words either by email to
<irresponsibility_at_ntu.edu.sg> or by mail to Conference
Committee, English Division, School of Humanities and
Social Sciences, NTU, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore

Further details are available at our conference
<www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/english/eng_conference.asp >.

Deadline: 15 May 2006


Tamara S. Wagner

Assistant Professor, English Literature

Website: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/tswagner/tamarawagner.htm

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