CFP: Literature *on* the Body (11/17/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)
PCA/ACA national conference organizers have indicated a strong
interest in my proposed panel, titled "The Story on the Body:
Textual Tattoos and the Corporeal Canvas".
Whereas Melville's Queequeg is one of American literature's earliest
fictional tattooed characters, it is Hawthorne's Hester who upends
one of the conventions of the body in literature: Her scarlet "A"
reminds us of the role of her body in the novel, but it is the
adulterous story told on her body that positions Hester herself as a
text to be read.
This panel focuses not on the human form in literature, but on
literature inscribed upon the human form. Papers should address such
questions as: How does the body--a sexed and gendered object--in
turn "gender" its words? How does text rewrite the body? For whom
do we write when we write on and with our bodies?
> Possible paper topics include:
> Textual tattoos
> Engraved or lettered jewelry
> Buttons, badges, and patches
> Wearable technology (ex. the scrolling marquis LED belt buckle)
> Literature on clothing
> Representations of body-as-written-text (ex. Greenaway's *Pillow
> Book,* Shelley Jackson's *Skin,* Hawthorne's *Scarlet Letter*)
> Please send a brief abstract (250 words) and a note about your
> field and institutional affiliation by November 17, 2006. Email
> submissions and inquiries to Molly at this address:
> For more information on the conference, see http://
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