"'The Politics of Mourning' in Long Eighteenth-Century Literature" (ASECS: 3/20/14-3/22/14)
This panel, the title of which is inspired by David L. Eng and David Kazanjian's collection, _Loss: The Politics of Mourning_, seeks papers that address mourning not only as a sign of personal loss, but also as a site of political power. This panel aims to address the intersection between commemorations of the dead and political expression. For instance, papers might address the ways in which acts of mourning indicate recovery and produce narrative spaces, such as spiritual autobiographies, martyrologies, tragedies, and elegies. Papers might handle the distinction between mourning as alienation and that of community building or national memorializing. The panel solicits papers on a variety of genres as well as authors from the long eighteenth century. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to Misty Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted papers will be presented at the 45th American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) conference in Williamsburg, VA, on March 20-22, 2014.