[Last minute CFP] Seeing Things: Dreams, Visions and Hallucinations/ NeMLA 2010

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Anna Strowe

This panel explores the connections between reality and imagined or imaginary worlds by examining the ways in which sight, and in particular the seeing of things that are not present or do not exist, contributes to knowledge and understanding. The faculty of vision is often a metaphor for understanding and learning, and the mystical or otherworldly vision represents not only an explanation for the integration and processing of new information into an older worldview, but a metaphorical space in which personal growth can be demonstrated through "seeing" new connections and truths. From medieval mystics like Mechthild of Magdeburg whose understanding of the divine proceeded from their visions, and works of dream-allegory like Piers Plowman or dreams of the Otherworld from Old Irish literature to Freud's Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams), the Wizard of Oz, or the vision of Black Elk Speaks, dreams and visions are linked not only to their own otherworldly contexts but to understanding and truth in the waking or lucid context. This panel focuses on this intersection. How do our "real" worldviews come through in narratives of dreams or visions? How do stories of hallucinatory experiences provide information about non-hallucinatory ones? How can one tell, either as a literary subject or as a consumer of literature, where the realms of reality and dream or vision begin and end? Please send 250-word abstracts in English to Anna Strowe, astrowe@complit.umass.edu.

Deadline: September 30, 2009
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41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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