CFP: Literature and Medicine Special Issue: Narrative, Pain, and Suffering (5/15/04; journal issue)

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Tara McGann
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CFP: Literature and Medicine Special Issue: Narrative, Pain, and
Suffering (5/15/04)

_Narrative, Pain, and Suffering_
_Literature and Medicine_ Volume 23, Number 1
Issue Editors: Tod Chambers and Martha Stoddard Holmes

    Both medicine and literature are caught up in the problematics of
pain: its verifiability (What does it mean to say that pain is
authentic, imagined, hallucinated, or faked?); its relation to language
and other expression (How does pain produce, strain, or erase
representation?); its transgressive properties (Where might pain exceed
the limits of an individual nervous system or undermine traditional
categories of body and mind?); and its power to disrupt or to
reconstitute selves and communities (What can we learn by regarding pain
as performative or interpersonal?).
    This special issue of _Literature and Medicine_ will foreground
pain, representation, and the social body--with a particular emphasis on
clinical medicine. Clinical medicine is the site of topical, energized
debates about pain management that engage questions of gender, race,
class, and national or political identity. Questions also concern how
pain differs from suffering and how clinical medicine might better
address patient suffering. Additional questions focus on differences
between acute and chronic pain or examine undertreatment and the gap
between pharmacological relief and access to care.
    We encourage the submission of papers engaging any aspect of medical
culture related to pain--including nonwestern medical cultures--such as
medical rhetoric and the language of "compensation"; the
physician-patient and physician-family relationship; and the difficult
issue of assisted suicide, in which dehumanization through intolerable
pain is a human experience and a core argument.

Deadline for submission: 15 May 2004

    Manuscripts should be mailed to the address below and sent as an
attachment to the e-mail addresses below. Text and notes should be
double-spaced and prepared according to guidelines in _The Chicago
Manual of Style_, 15th edition. The manuscript should be accompanied by
a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient loose return postage
and the author's curriculum vitae. _Literature and Medicine_ is a
peer-reviewed journal. Authors' names should appear only on a cover
sheet and all identifiers in the text should be masked so that
manuscripts can be reviewed anonymously. Manuscripts should be between
4,000 and 7,000 words of text in length. _Literature and Medicine_
reviews only unpublished manuscripts that are not simultaneously under
review for publication elsewhere. Direct all inquiries and manuscripts to:,
Send paper copies of manuscripts to Rita Charon and Maura Spiegel,
Editors-in-Chief, Literature and Medicine, Columbia University, College
of Physicians and Surgeons, PH9E-105, 630 West 168th Street, New York,
NY 10032

--Tara McGannCoordinator, Program in Narrative MedicineManaging Editor, Literature & MedicineColumbia University, P&SPH9E-105, 630 W. 168th StreetNew York, NY 10032212-305-4975 work212-305-9349 fax =============================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Erika Lin: ===============================================Received on Sat Nov 15 2003 - 18:37:17 EST

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