UPDATE: [Science] Literature and Pathology

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Jessica Howell
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Note: DEADLINE EXTENDED to 01/07/07

Call for Papers

“Literature and Pathology”
University of California, Davis
February 29th—March 2nd, 2008

Keynote Speaker: Professor Athena Vrettos, author of Somatic Fictions:
Imagining Illness in Victorian Culture (1995) and “Displaced Memories in
Victorian Fiction and Psychology” (2007).

We invite paper proposal submissions for a conference on the topic of
“Literature and Pathology.” This conference provides a venue for
productive interdisciplinary discussions of the representations and
narrations of pathology in literature. This conference emphasizes genuine
interdisciplinarity, bringing the perspectives of scholars from both the
sciences and the humanities to bear on textual manifestations of illness.
Texts under scrutiny may be drawn from the genres of fiction, film,
poetry, pathography, or other cultural documents such as case studies,
political tracts or advertisements.

Questions to be addressed may include:
1. How do authors translate illness into written narrative?
2. What are the stakes of examining literary representations of pathology
from scientific as well as symbolic perspectives?
3. In what ways and to what ends do texts pathologize “the Other”?
4. When do texts themselves, or practices of reading, become painted as
pathological/ contagious?

Possible Paper Topics:
• The Deathbed
• Epidemics and Pandemics
• Pathological Books and Contagious Reading
• Illness and the Metaphor of Quest or Travel
• Containing or Legislating Disease
• “Sick” Environments
• Race and Medicine
• “Mental” Illness and Psychopathology
• Pathologized Sexualities
• Autopsy and Dissection/ Dead Bodies and Taboo
• Human Experimentation
• Physicians and Narratives of Pathology
• Murder/ Poisoning/ Unnatural Death

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted with a one page
CV either electronically in the body of an email or as an attachment
in .doc or .pdf format by January 7th, 2008 to jhowell_at_ucdavis.edu.

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