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Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature. May 24-25, 2013
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Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus
Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature
Keynote Speaker: Michael Davidson, Vice Chair of the Department of
The Department of English at Saint Louis University´s Madrid campus will hosts its eleventh annual International Academic Conference on Friday, 24 May and Saturday, 25 May 2013. The theme of this year´s conference is “Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature.” While we welcome papers and panel proposals on any aspect of English literary studies, we would like to encourage proposals that explore the corporeal as it is represented in literature. How might distinct literary genres, cultures, or periods be understood to materialize through the vessel of the body? How are cultural constructions of monstrous, marvelous, or disabled bodies used to delineate as well as problematize ideas of the “normal” body? How has the inscription of gender, race, and disability on the body changed? How do classifications of identity via the body in literature affect society? Papers may approach questions of physical transformation or identity formation through the body from any of the following critical or theoretical perspectives: cultural studies, theological studies, transnational studies, comparative studies, migration studies, postcolonial studies, digital humanities, cross-cultural communication, ecocriticism, disability studies, trauma studies, cognitive theory, and/or linguistic studies.
Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):
The Body and Identity
Presentations will be 15 minutes in length. Submission of 300-word proposals in English (abstract only; no full papers) along with short bios should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 March, 2013.