CFP: [Theory] Return of the Repressed?: The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary American Studies (2008 M/MLA)

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Sarah Lahey

Proposed Special Session for the 2008 M/MLA Convention
Minneapolis, MN
November 13-16, 2008

If psychoanalytic criticism has suffered from academic disdain, this is
especially true in American Studies. Dominated by historical paradigms,
American Studies largely rejects “theory” and psychoanalysis in particular.
Seeking to open a conversation about the stakes of including, or omitting,
psychoanalysis from American Studies, this panel welcomes papers that
utilize psychoanalytic frameworks to illuminate some of the most pressing
questions confronting American Studies, including race, class, gender,
sexuality, globalism, and violence. Topics might include analyses of
various psychoanalytic models (e.g., Freud, Lacan, Deleuze, Caruth);
inquiries into intersections of psychoanalysis and historicist approaches;
and psychoanalytic readings of literary and cultural objects from the
United States and Americas. Please send 250-word abstracts by April 15 to
Sarah Lahey, Dept. of English, Northwestern University,

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