CFP: Phantom Processions & Runaway Trains: How Narrative Structures are Linked to the Psyche (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

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Cara Gargano
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Northeastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA5 Conference
March 2-5, 2006
Philadelphia, PA.
Phantom Processions and Runaway Trains: How Narrative Structures are Linked
to Models of the Psyche
The metaphor of a ³train of thought² is an old and accepted one. with sanity
as the ability to maintain the train of rational causation, and madness, the
breakdown of that train.
David Hume compares the mind to a theatre, and suggests that thoughts are a
series of phantom performers who pass in procession on the stage of the
mind. Like Hume, Freud sees the psyche as a space; in the ²topographical
model² of the mind the subject refuses to allow certain unconscious ideas to
enter the space of the conscious mind. Lacan writes that the mind is
structured like a language, which must be interpreted, or ³read². All of
these models of the psyche invite and support a different notion of the
narrative and of the way we understand the continuity of a life, either
fictional or real.
This panel will explore connections between narrative structures and
psychological models of the self and/or mind. We use the notion of narrative
in the broadest sense, including, but not limited to, dance, film, fiction,
poetry, and essay. We seek papers that use interdisciplinary approaches
linking performance, narrative, and psychological paradigms.
 Possible topics include:
1. Developments in Freudian depth psychology and modernist and/or
postmodernist narrative experiments
2. Lacanian structuralist models of the mind and narrative projects
3. Association psychology, the train of thought, and sequential narrative
4. Historical and cultural developments linking psychology and narrative
200 word abstracts by September 15, 2005 to Cara Gargano, Chair, Department
of Theatre, Film and Dance, CW Post Campus, Long Island University, 720
Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY 11548 or by email at

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