The Absent Corpse (NeMLA 2013, March 21-24, Boston)
The Absent Corpse
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
This comparative seminar will explore representations of absent corpses, those that have disappeared or been effaced. We will consider the missing dead, in their double absence, as a unique demand on narrative, lyric, and dramatic techniques. What forms of representation are generated by death practices without a body? How do the cultural politics of death, as assertions of identity and moral claims in the public sphere, compensate for absent corpses? This seminar will extend over two or three days. Participants will pre-circulate papers. Please send inquiries, 200-300 word proposals, and a brief bio by September 30 to David Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org and Karen Bishop at email@example.com.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html