UPDATE: Neurology and Literature at the Fin de Siecle (8/9/05; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Anne Stiles
contact email: 
stiles@ucla.edu

Update: Neurology and Literature at the Fin de Siècle (8/9/05; collection)

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 9 August, 2005.

Submissions are invited for a collection of critical essays on intersections
between British,European, and North American literature and neurology
between 1870 and 1920. We are willing to consider essays on literature
examined in its scientific context, as well as essays performing literary
analyses of scientific texts. Submissions by emergent as well as established
scholars are welcome. A series editor at one of Britain’s leading academic
presses has shown strong preliminary interest in the project.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):
-Multiple personality disorder, hysteria, traumatic neuroses, anxiety
neuroses and shell
 shock
-Debates regarding localization of brain function
-Theories about gender in relation to brain function
-Aphasia and other communication disorders
-Motor automatism (including somnambulism, automatic writing, etc.)
-The work of the Society for Psychical Research in relation to contemporary
neurological
 debates
-Hypnosis
-Hypnoid or dissociative mental states
-The legacy of phrenology and physiognomy in late Victorian literature and
science
-Freud’s theory of the subconscious and its Victorian predecessors (such as
William
 Carpenter’s theory of “unconscious cerebration”)
-The works of Charles Darwin, David Ferrier, William Carpenter, T.H. Huxley,
and other
 prominent late Victorian scientists (particularly in relation to neurology)
-Comparison of British and Continental scientific methodology
-The ethics of Victorian and Edwardian psychological experimentation
-Doctor-patient relations during this time period

Paper abstracts (circa 400 words) must be submitted by August 9, 2005.
Please include a one-page CV along with your abstract. Should your abstract
be accepted, your essay must be completed by December 2005. Completed essays
should be between 7,000-10,000 words including endnotes and must follow
Chicago style guidelines.

Please send inquiries and submissions (preferably electronically in MS word
format) to

Anne Stiles (stiles_at_ucla.edu)

If you do not have access to email, please send two copies of your paper to:

Anne Stiles
UCLA Department of English
2225 Rolfe Hall
Box 951530
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1530

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