CFP: The Productivity of Pain (6/4/03; collection)

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Nieves Pascual Soler
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Original essays are invited for a collection of essays tentatively
entitled The Productivity of Pain. For long, pain has been coded as a
means to salvation and knowledge, and as a stimulus to writing. Or else
it has been objectified as the truth´s negative, something that far from
ennobling human beings distances them from their affects. The logic is
not hard to stomach. Pain poses a threat to identity by making the body
alien. Sartre, in fact, confessed that illness deprived him of himself.
But, within the same movement, pain confers identity to the individual
because nobody can suffer for you, instead of you, just as nobody can
die for you. Physical suffering is thus one of the most private of
experiences, and precisely because of its privacy, it is difficult to to
communicate. This interdisciplinary collection identifies as its core
issues involving the translation of pain into art, the (im)possibility
of finding your own voice in situations of pain, and the presumed
therapeutic power of the artistic representation of pain. Contributors
are urged to consider "art" in broad terms including but not limited to
disciplines such as visual and performing arts, technology, language and
literary criticism. Other possible avenues of investigation include the
role of difference in racialized and/or gendered constructions of pain,
and illiteracy and therapy. The deadline for completed manuscripts (hard
copy and disk copy in Microsoft format) is June 4, 2003.Brief inquiries
or proposals as well as completed manuscripts of approximately twenty
pages in MLA format should be sent to: Dr. Nieves Pascual, Departmento
de Filología Inglesa. Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la
Educación. Universidad de Jaén. Paraje Las Lagunillas, s/n. 23071 Jaén.
Spain. Fax: 953-012197. Phone:953-012136.

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