CFP: Hetero-Textual Guilt (3/15/07; MLA '07)

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Hetero-Textual Guilt
Call for papers for 2007 MLA, Chicago, December
This proposed special session of the MLA seeks to
explore intersections between guilt
(psychological, religious, social and legal) and
literary and visual texts. This session hopes to
include both analysis of texts expressing or
investigating guilt and consideration of
narratives that consciously or not aid in the
expiation of guilt on the individual or societal
level. This session is interested in papers that
examine guilt as both an individual and a
communal phenomenon. Preference will be given to
papers that contain a strong theoretical
component in addition to sensitive textual
Questions that might guide papers include (but
are not limited to):
--How do literary and visual texts interact with
the understanding and processing of individual
and communal guilt?
--Are guilt and shame expressed in texts
--Does the expression of guilt in literature and
visual media differ depending on historical
setting, time of composition, or geographical
--How do different disciplines (anthropology,
sociology, psychoanalysis, religious studies,
holocaust studies, law) theorize guilt in similar
or different ways?
--In what ways has literature and film been
explicitly used to process, overcome, or deny
Please send abstracts of 500 words along with
contact information and 2-page CV by March 15 to:
Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
Department of English
276 Centennial Drive
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Fax: 701-777-2373

Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
Assistant Professor of English and postcolonial studies
University of North Dakota

Book-reviews editor,
Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies

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