CFP: [Medieval] To (Un)Make the Pain: The Language and Empathy of Suffering (grad panel, 10/15/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Cynthia Calhoun
contact email: 
asu2008symp@gmail.com

In Elaine Scarry’s book Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the
World, she claims that pain is language destroying, essentially
establishing a barrier between the self and reality that eliminates
meaningful communication with the outside world. Therefore, not only is
it impossible to adequately describe pain, but the possibility of empathy
is all but destroyed. This panel seeks critical and creative
presentations that explore and engage the question: How can a subject
effectively communicate the experience of pain? How can a community
understand or empathize with that subject? Topics may include specific
writers – such as Sylvia Plath or Philip K. Dick – or a more general
theoretical study.

Submit 350-word paper proposals by September 30 to the Southwest Graduate
English Symposium to be held at Arizona State University, February 29-
March 1, 2008. Please include your name, professional affiliation, home
and office numbers, mailing address, and email address. Also, please
include any A/V requirements with your submission.

Submit all proposals and questions to asu2008symp_at_gmail.com (Attention:
Cindi).

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cfp categories: 
medieval