UPDATE: [American] Call for Papers

full name / name of organization: 
John Casey
contact email: 
jcasey3@uic.edu

Disability and the Civil War (11/15/08; 4/8-4/11/09—New Orleans)
Civil War and Reconstruction Area
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.
April 8-11, 2009. New Orleans, LA.

In her book The Body in Pain, Elaine Scarry notes that “the main purpose
and outcome of war is injuring.” This panel will examine the injured
bodies (both soldiers and civilians) that are the result of the Civil War
and the multiple ways in which those injuries are interpreted. What does
it mean for a southerner to be injured in the aftermath of the war and
how does it compare to the northern experience? What is viewed as
a “real” injury and are all injuries viewed as equal? How are the
discourses of disability connected to those of post-war American
politics? Papers are welcomed that examine these questions (or related
ones) through analyses of fiction (poems, short stories, novels),
memoirs, letters, diaries, medical reports, or photographs.

Please send an abstract of 100-250 words to: John Casey, Department of
English, University of Illinois at Chicago, 601 S. Morgan St. MC 162,
Chicago, IL, 60607 or submit via e-mail at jcasey3_at_uic.edu. Please
include in your proposal your address, school affiliation, e-mail, and
phone number. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2008.

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