CFP: Other Dreams (11/1/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Margaret W. Cotter-Lynch
contact email:

Paper proposals are invited for the following seminar at the 2006
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference in
Princeton, NJ:

Other Dreams

In the post-Freudian West, dreams are most often understood as
expressions of our unconscious, or subconscious, selves. But prior to
and outside of the psychoanalytic tradition, dreams have often been seen
as privileged locations for connection between humans and their others.
Religious and mythological traditions from around the world emphasize
the potential of dreams to lead the dreamer outside of herself, to
provide access to super-human, extra-human, or other-than-human realms.
Many cultures have thus produced literature in which dreams are shown to
provide connection with the divine; to be a source of hidden truths; to
allow the human soul to travel outside of the body; to transcend the
human constraints of geography and time. How have world literatures
figured dreams as a point of contact between humans and others?

Submissions are invited for a discussion of dreams in the context of the
relationship between humans and their others. How do dreams figure the
relationship between the dreamer and things outside of herself? What
can humans do in dreams that they cannot otherwise do? How does the
otherness of dreams serve to define the humanness of the waking self?
What literary purposes do dreams serve, if not to elucidate the mind of
the dreamer?

Papers should be 15 minutes in length, and discuss literary accounts of
dreaming which are outside of or challenging to the psychoanalytic
tradition. Discussions of literatures from all time periods and
cultures are encouraged.

Abstracts should be 250 words, and submitted online at

The American Comparative Literature Association annual conference is
organized primarily into seminars (or "streams"), which consist either
of twelve papers, if they meet on all three days of the conference, or
eight to nine papers, if they meet on two days. Papers should be 15-20
minutes long-no longer-to allow time for discussion. For further
information about the conference, including the format, please see

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, but all abstracts
must be submitted through the online form above.

Meg Cotter-Lynch
Assistant Professor
Department of English, Humanities, and Languages
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Durant, OK 74701

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