CFP: Abusing the Muse: Inspiration and Exploitation (2/1/06; collection)

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Alexander Gil Fuentes
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"Abusing the Muse: Inspiration and Exploitation in 19th and 20th
Century Literature and Culture"

Edited by Alex Gil Fuentes, Sandy Alexandre and A.C. Geoghan

Abstracts are invited for a new collection that explores the various
ways in which authors exploit their sources of artistic or intellectual
inspiration whether it be for profit, fame or other such unseemly

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

- the muse in the modern tradition
- failed collaborations
- paparazzi, yellow journalism and talk show culture
- copyright issues
- embodying/incorporating the muse
- patronage and manipulation
- art for art's sake?
- the artist manqué
- academic critics and opportunism
- the spectacle of pain
- ghost-writers and ghost-writing
- ethics and the role of the contemporary artist/critic
- "based on a true story"
- stolen identities and plagiarism

Existing contributions include essays on copyright issues surrounding
the play _Six Degrees of Separation_; the literary muses in modernism
and the authors who loved to hate them; the fates of Zelda Fitzgerald,
Vivienne Eliot and Sylvia Plath as disembodied muses; and the case
studies of Lacan and Freud.

A broad range of approaches, including critique, analysis, cultural
history, etc., are encouraged, as are collaborations, especially between
writers working in different fields or methodologies. Please send
abstracts and proposals (maximum 500 words) by February 1, 2006. All
attachments should be sent as RTF files for compatibility.

All materials and inquiries should be directed to:

Alex Gil Fuentes
English Department
University of Virginia

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