CFP: Deadwood and Emotion (6/1/06; WALA, 10/25/06-10/28/06)

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Michael Johnson
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Panel Title: "Deadwood" and Emotion


Conference: Western American Literature Association, Boise, Idaho, October
25-28, 2006.


In keeping with the WLA conference theme, "Feeling Western," this panel will
examine the role of emotion in HBO's award-winning television western
"Deadwood." Although much has been said about the show's rough language,
violence, and its gritty and realistic portrayal of a frontier town and its
inhabitants, there has been little discussion thus far of its emotive and
even sentimental elements. The central question this panel will ask is: what
is the role of "feeling" and "feelings" in "Deadwood"?


Individual papers might address the show's evocation and/or representation
of particular emotions (tears, fears, anger, hate, sorrow, desire, sympathy,
empathy, repulsion, melancholy, pathos, catharsis, etc.). Other topics might
include (but are not limited to): same-sex "couples" (or partners) in
"Deadwood"; domesticity in "Deadwood"; the role of emotion in the formation
of relationships between characters.


Please send 250-300 word abstract with name, address, affiliation, email,
phone, fax, and A/V requests by June 1, 2006 to:


For more information on the conference itself, please visit the WLA's


Dr. Michael K. Johnson

Department of Humanities

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, ME 04938

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