Literature and Madness, PCA/ACA, 11-14 April 2012, Deadline 15 December 2011

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Russ Pottle, Area Chair, Literature and Madness Section of the Popular Culture Association
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The Literature and Madness section of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting 15-20 minute papers for the upcoming year's annual PCA/ACA conference in Boston, MA, scheduled for 11-14 April 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 December 2011.

Contributors are encouraged to think broadly about either or both terms of "literature" and "madness." For instance, madness can be addressed in its contemporary medical forms, codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or it can be considered in any of the forms it has been assigned in other historical periods. Likewise, literature can be viewed widely. Past panels have included analysis of popular and canonical literary works and/or genres, but they have also included analysis of film, opera and musical theatre, song lyrics, instrumental music, single media and multi-media art, and the cultural and economic conditions surrounding the production, publication, performance, and/or installation of such works.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted electronically on the PCA/ACA Web site, through the links and process detailed at Prospective contributors who have questions about submitting an abstract or who encounter difficulty with the electronic links and process on the PCA/ACA Website should contact the Area Chair for the section:

Russ Pottle
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Misericordia University
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612