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Call for Papers
â€œLiterature and Pathologyâ€
University of California, Davis
February 29thâ€”March 2nd, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Professor Athena Vrettos, author of Somatic Fictions:
Imagining Illness in Victorian Culture (1995) and â€œDisplaced Memories in
Victorian Fiction and Psychologyâ€ (2007).
We invite paper proposal submissions for a conference on the topic of
â€œLiterature and Pathology.â€ This conference provides a venue for productive
interdisciplinary discussions of the representations and narrations of
pathology in literature. This conference emphasizes genuine
interdisciplinarity, bringing the perspectives of scholars from both the
sciences and the humanities to bear on textual manifestations of illness.
Texts under scrutiny may be drawn from the genres of fiction, film, poetry,
pathography, or other cultural documents such as case studies, political
tracts or advertisements.
Questions to be addressed may include:
1. How do authors translate illness into written narrative?
2. What are the stakes of examining literary representations of pathology
from scientific as well as symbolic perspectives?
3. In what ways and to what ends do texts pathologize â€œthe Otherâ€?
4. When do texts themselves, or practices of reading, become painted as
Possible Paper Topics:
â€¢ The Deathbed
â€¢ Epidemics and Pandemics
â€¢ Pathological Books and Contagious Reading
â€¢ Illness and the Metaphor of Quest or Travel
â€¢ Containing or Legislating Disease
â€¢ â€œSickâ€ Environments
â€¢ Race and Medicine
â€¢ â€œMentalâ€ Illness and Psychopathology
â€¢ Pathologized Sexualities
â€¢ Autopsy and Dissection/ Dead Bodies and Taboo
â€¢ Human Experimentation
â€¢ Physicians and Narratives of Pathology
â€¢ Murder/ Poisoning/ Unnatural Death
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted with a one page CV
either electronically in the body of an email or as an attachment in .doc
or .pdf format by January 1st, 2008 to jhowell_at_ucdavis.edu.
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