CFP: Queer Conceptions: Modernism and the Possibilities of Pregnancy for MSA 14, Las Vegas, Oct. 18-21, 2012

full name / name of organization: 
Caitlin Newcomer & Aimee Wilson/Florida State University

In his recent article, "Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes" (2010), Michael Davidson argues, "Modernist cultural representations of the pregnant male foreground the spectacle of reproduction loosed from its putative organic site in the female body and displace it elsewhere—the test tube, the surrogate womb, the male body, and, not insignificantly, the novel." Following the work of Davidson, we are seeking papers for a panel that will explore abnormal, unnatural, futuristic, or queer conceptions in all their modernist iterations. How else do modernist authors reconceptualize or resituate the trope of reproduction? How do modernists revise the classic model that makes writing into a kind of male childbirth? And, apropos of the conference theme, how is the pregnant body spectacular - fascinating, disgusting, curious, enchanting, or performative?

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

- biotechnology
- eugenics
- gothic or monstrous pregnancies
- pregnancy and queer bodies
- pregnancy and disability
- feminist reconsiderations of pregnancy

Send 300 word abstract and brief CV to Aimee Wilson ( or Caitlin Newcomer ( no later than March 20, 2012.