CFP: Altered States: On Dreaming, Fantasy, the Pharmakon, and the Real in Literature and Culture (4/15/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/

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CFP: Altered States: On Dreaming, Fantasy, the Pharmakon, and the Real
in Literature and Culture

A special session proposal for the Midwest Modern Language Association
Conference on Realisms, November 2007

Avital Ronell's study of addiction and literature, *Crack Wars*, called
for an exploration of intersections among writing, dreaming, Being, and
Derrida's neo-Platonic notion of the *pharmakon*. Such an exploration
and intervention has yet to be completed. This panel seeks to establish
a new dialogue that moves discussions of literature and altered states
from the tendency to romanticize drug use, dreaming, fantasy, and the
fetish, to a scene of new epistemologies and ethics that allow us to
approach a concept of the Real. Quite different from *realism*, the
articulation of the Real requires a particular imaginative perspective,
and a particular relation between the subject, writing, and culture.

This panel seeks to open a dialogue for the expression of this limit by
way of papers that address dreaming, alchemy, drug use, fantasy, and
fetishes in literature and culture. Papers that focus on Medieval and
Early Modern literature and culture are especially desired, though all
time periods and geographical regions are welcome and will be given
equal consideration. Please send 500 word abstracts to Erin Labbie,
labbie_at_bgsu.edu by April 15, 2007.

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