[UPDATE] Literature and Rights in the Age of Enlightenment (3/8/2010; MLA 1/6-1/9/2011)

full name / name of organization: 
Melissa Ganz
contact email: 
melissa.ganz@stanford.edu

Special Session for MLA 2011, Los Angeles, CA

This panel seeks to investigate the intertwined histories of literature and rights in the long eighteenth century. How does imaginative writing in this period contribute to the development of the humanitarian sensibility and the emergence of human rights? Conversely, how do changing conceptions of rights shape novels, poems, plays, and essays? Papers on literary, philosophical, and legal formulations of natural and positive rights, and on questions concerning freedom, equality, justice, toleration, torture, cruelty, and pain are all welcome.

Send one-page abstracts to Melissa Ganz (melissa.ganz@stanford.edu) by March 8.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
popular_culture
religion
romantic
theory