Bodies and/at Their Limits - ESSE 2014 Kosice, Slovakia

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ESSE (European Society for the Study of English)
August 2014 Kosice (Slovakia)

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Bodies and/at Their Limits Clare Barker (Leeds, UK), Marilena Parlati (University of Calabria, Italy), Nicoletta Vallorani (University of Milan, Italy)

This panel aims at interrogating the perception, figuration, manipulation of bodies in our contemporaneity, with particular reference to the liminal condition imposed by ilnesses and disability. We are taking our cues from, one the one hand, A. Giddens and his suggestion that 'bodies are projects'; on the other hand, we are obviously aware of the various, and notorious, difficulties in inquiring upon such an articulate topic. The language of the body tend to be deeply modified by physical conditions that are marked as pathological, because, as Peter Brooks maintains, if the sociocultural body is a construct, an ideological product, the physical body is precultural and prelinguistic. Sesnsations of pleasure and especially of pain are held to be experiences outside language. If, as Nancy suggests, bodies are limits, the focus of this panel will be that of opening up a space for discussion on the delicate and essential encroachments between illness, disability, agency and cultural production.

Clare Barker
Lecturer in English Literature School of English University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Phone: (0113) 343 4750 Email: Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities (

Marilena Parlati
Associate Professor Literatures in English Department of Humanities Università degli studi della Calabria 87036 Rende (CS) ITALIA Phone: 0984-476110 Email:

Nicoletta Vallorani
Associate Professor English Litearure and Cultural Studies Department of Language Mediation and Intercultural Studies Università degli studi di Milano Phone: 02.50321765 Email: