CFP: Victorian "Freaks" (5/15/03; collection)

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Marlene Tromp
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Victorian "Freaks"
A Collection of Essays

The Nineteenth-Century is noted for its strict notions of the normative and its
anxieties about difference. "Freaks" and various kinds of freak shows
proliferated in this climate. Not only is freakishness associated with what
seems odd or fanciful, but also with a "turn of the mind," rebellion, or
critique. This collection aims to explore various disruptions caused by or
creating "freakishness" as it relates to social issues and social change.

We invite paper proposals that explore the intersections between freakishness
and the discourses of gender, race, class, sexuality, empire, to name a few.
Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

freak shows; poverty and freakishness; imperialism and freakishness; race and
freakishness; gender and/or sexual anomolies; drug freaks; disability and
freakishness; vampirism and other horrors; theories of freakish pregnancy or
birth; monstrosity; religious freaks; danger and freaks (ie. "Jack the
Ripper"); psychoanalysis and mental freakishness; sexual "perversion";
transgendering; medicalization; violence and "freaks"; freak accidents;
enthusiasts (ie. "camera freaks"); freak or sensational journalism;

Send 200-400 word abstracts by May 15, 2003 to

Dr. Marlene Tromp
Women's Studies and English
Dension University
Granville, OH 43023

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