Deadline extended--Negotiations and Confession

full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain MLA, Scottsdale, AZ, October 6-8, 2011
contact email: 
geastman@mscd.edu

This special session invites proposals for papers on the confessional mode in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, and court proceedings. We define confession in its broadest sense:
• Confession and the law
• Religious confession
• Confession as an assertion of belief
• Confession as either a construction or presentation of identity, i.e., Rousseau’s Confessions
• The performativity of confession
• Confession as Self-advocacy

What ends are served by these confessions? What selves do they create? How does the reader determine “truth” or the lack thereof? What is the value of these “truths” as presented or performed?
Possible topics:
• How does Kemp use Christ as mediator in her negotiations with her husband?
• Is Proofrock’s “Song” a confession?
• Iago’s refusal to confess
• The reliability of confession in prosecutions
• Jane Eyre’s religious confessions

Chair: Gloria Eastman, Metropolitan State College of Denver

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
medieval
renaissance
romantic
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian