Deadline extended--Negotiations and Confession

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Rocky Mountain MLA, Scottsdale, AZ, October 6-8, 2011
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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