Madness and Monstrosity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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Cindy Murillo/Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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This panel on nineteenth century American literature seeks papers that explore notions of madness and monstrosity, broadly defined, for an upcoming session at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference will be held at The Chaparral Suites Resort October 6-8. We welcome submissions that approach this topic from a variety of angles in American novels and short stories of the long nineteenth century. Some avenues of inquire could include, but are not limited to:
* monstrous depictions of ethnic groups
* stigmas attached to the New Woman
* gothic tropes and civil discourse
* disabled bodies
* ghostly encounters
* the abject
* spectral space

Please submit a 300 word abstract, including title, professional affiliation, and contact information (especially email) to Cindy Murillo ( by March 1, 2011. Notification of acceptance decision will take place on March 15, 2011.

Anyone may submit a paper proposal, but those presenting must be members of RMMLA.
Additional conference information can be found at