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5th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English: "Poison and Love"
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University of North Alabama Department of English
Call for Papers:
Poison and Love
“Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.” --George R. R. Martin
Come join us Valentine’s Day weekend as we explore the themes of love, poison, and (especially) the textual spaces where the two converge. The University of North Alabama’s Department of English invites proposals for scholarly papers which investigate any aspect of love or poison in language, literature, or other media. For example, topics might include readings of toxic relationships between spouses (Othello and Desdemona), lovers (“Rapaccini’s Daughter” or Fatal Attraction), family members (Plath’s “Daddy), or even aspects of oneself (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). Following Jacques Derrida’s work on the pharmakon in “Plato’s Pharmacy” papers might consider the characterization of language itself as a type of seductive poison. Presenters could explore the canon as pharmakon (do lists of “great books” poison the curriculum or keep it healthy?), texts as poison (The Name of the Rose), or adaptation as poison (are the effects of adaptation toxic, or do they breathe new life into old works?). Participants may also present topics which focus on the theme of love, such as love and drugs, disease, or addiction.
We welcome proposals from current students and recent graduates (within the last five years) of MA or PhD programs at schools in the American Southeast. Papers should be twenty-minutes in length and may explore a range of topics addressing our theme in relation to literature, film, or other new media. Proposals that utilize audiovisual presentations are encouraged.
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