5th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English: "Poison and Love"

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The University of North Alabama English Department
Announces the 5th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English
February 14-15, 2014

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.

Please send proposals of 250-300 words by December 2, 2013 to the Program Committee at englishgradcon@una.edu. Suggestions for panels are welcomed; however, each proposal will be individually evaluated on its own merits, and we cannot guarantee that a panel will be accepted in its entirety. All proposals will receive a decision on acceptance by December 31, 2013.

Travel Scholarships:
Requests for travel scholarships for out-of-town presenters must be made at time of submission. Please email us for a copy of the travel scholarship application form or visit the conference website. Presenters will be notified of travel scholarship award when they are notified of acceptance.

Prize for Best Paper:
At the closing session of the conference, presenters will be asked to vote on the three best papers presented at the conference. Following the conference, a panel of judges will award first, second, and third place standing to these three papers with a cash prize awarded to the top paper.

Further information the conference, the University of North Alabama, our department, and the Florence area is available on our website: www.una.edu/englishgradcon.