CFP: Man and Madness: Written (11/30/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Kelly Josephs
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ACLA 2006 Annual Meeting: The Human and Its Others
Princeton University, March 23-26, 2006

Organizers: Kelly Baker Josephs, Rutgers University
            Email: and
            Melanie D. Holm, Rutgers University

In Histoire de la Folie, Michel Foucault writes: “As death is the limit of
human life in the realm of time, madness is its limit in the realm of
animality.” This seminar will examine how writers, across disciplines and
genres, utilize states of madness to interrogate such limits on the human.
 We understand that the term “madness” is broad and unspecific; but we use
the term precisely because it covers a range of psychological states. In
questioning the meaning of madness, writers such as Woolf, Rhys, Nietzche,
Artaud, Feldman and Fanon also question the meaning of the human.

We invite papers that explore this connection between madness and writing
in various time periods and genres. Possible topics might include, but
are not limited to, the following:

• Writing as therapy or, conversely, writing as the route to madness
• Gender and madness
• Madness in the academy
• The madwoman (man) as metonymic for the larger society
• Postcolonial disorders
• Temporary psychic fragmentation
• Religious possession and/or religious megalomania
• Creative writers as necessarily already mad
• Madness as resistance – conscious, strategic or otherwise
• The effects of incarceration; writing from the asylum
• The language and aesthetics of madness

Paper proposals (maximum 250 words) for 15-20 minute papers should be sent
directly to the ACLA Annual Conference website, The deadline for submission
is November 30, 2005. Please direct inquiries about this seminar to the
seminar organizers: Kelly Baker Josephs ( or Melanie
Holm ( Further information on the conference may
be found at the ACLA homepage (

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