MMLA 2013 (Milwaukee, Nov. 7-10) - Popular Culture - Illusion

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"Remember: all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more." – Morpheus, The Matrix

Appearances can be deceiving, as the adage goes, meant to warn us against those who would present a false image in order to take advantage, like the machines who control the Matrix in the Wachowskis' 1999 film. But is fabrication always a question of deception vs. truth? Invention can also be beautiful and empowering, allowing us to see something we otherwise would not see, to conceive of possibilities hitherto inconceivable. And artfully constructed performance can enable us to express aspects of ourselves no less authentically than we do through less intentional presentation of our identities.

This session invites proposals for papers on the theme of illusion in any aspect of popular culture from any region or period. Papers might draw on representations that interrogate the fake/real binary, that challenge notions of illusion as bad and reality as good, or that showcase the potential of illusion to create something meaningful irrespective of its truth value.

Please send 250-word abstracts by May 31st to Marla Arbach,

Chair: Marla Arbach, University of Santiago de Compostela