CFP: "The Nineteenth-Century Unconscious," C19, March 13-16, 2014

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Panel on "The Nineteenth-Century Unconscious," C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Third Biennial Conference, March 13-16, 2014, UNC-Chapel Hill

Much nineteenth-century American cultural energy was expended in bringing to light the hidden mechanisms behind both quotidian and singular psycho-somatic experience. We seek papers that address scientific, literary, and/or popular theories or representations of unconscious behaviors, cognitive processes, or affective states. Could unconsciousness be a state held in common; a state outside of, or prior to, individuation; or a state marked by characteristics of a group, such as race, gender, or class? Is the unconscious a property of the body or of the mind; of mechanism left without conscious direction; or of inspiration taking over? Topics can include mesmerism, phrenology, psychology, or neurology; theories of sleep, dreams, madness, prophesy, hallucination, intuition, inebriation, or creativity; or connections between the nineteenth-century unconscious and subsequent models such as Freudianism or neuroscience.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography to Benjamin Reiss ( and Emily Ogden ( by September 15.