CFP: The Gothic Body as Romantic Object (6/1/07; ICR, 10/18/07-10/21/07)

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Nowell Marshall
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CFP: The Gothic Body as Romantic Object (6/1/07; ICR, 10/18/07-10/21/07)
Approved special session for the International Conference on =
Romanticism, Oct. 18-21,2007, Baltimore, MD
Despite recent studies exploring and contesting the canonical division =
between Romanticism and the Gothic, scholars have yet to address the =
central role of the gothic body in Romantic-era texts. From early =
monsters, such as Byron's Giaour, Polidori's vampire, Keats's Lamia, =
Coleridge's Geraldine, Percy Shelley's monster in Julian and Maddalo, =
and Mary Shelley's monster in Frankenstein to the gothic monstrosity of =
Eugenia and the trope of the mad woman in Burney's Camilla and Charlotte =
Bront=EB's Jane Eyre, the gothic body pervades Romantic and =
post-Romantic texts.
As a result, this panel attempts to examine one of the most overlooked =
tropes within Romantic-era writing: the gothic body. =20
Why does the gothic body appear so prominently during the Romantic =
period? =20
Does it signify differently in Romantic poetry than it does in the =
gothic novel or short story? =20
What does the Romantic fascination with the gothic body tell us about =
political, social, scientific, religious, and philosophical theories of =
the period? =20
How does the gothic body function as an object of desire, abjection, or =
exchange? =20
What is the rhetorical purpose of the gothic body? =20
What does the gothic body reveal about Romantic author's reactions to =
Enlightenment epistemologies? =20
Email 250-word abstracts on or before June 1, 2007:
Nowell Marshall (
University of California, Riverside
Kirsti Cole (
Arizona State University

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