NeMLA 2012: Novel as Threat, Novel as Therapy in French Literature (abstracts due 9/30/11)

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Jessica Tanner / Harvard University
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This panel seeks to explore the use of medical metaphors (contagion, pathogen, medication, cure) to advocate or warn against the practice of reading novels in French/Francophone literature from the 17th century onward. What are the stakes of such strategies for readers, male and female? How does this discourse inflect our conception of the communication and transmission of ideas and sentiment? How might we understand the relation of pathos, pathology, and pathogen? Please send 300-word abstracts by September 30, 2011 to Jessica Tanner,

"Novel as Threat, Novel as Therapy" has been approved for inclusion in the 2012 NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) conference, to be held in Rochester, NY March 15-18, 2012.