CFP: Reorganizing Sex, Agency, and Authority in 19th and 20th C. U.S. Literature (3/15/06; MLA '06)

full name / name of organization: 
naomi greyser
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     CFP: Kept Boys and Possessive Girls:
Reorganizing Sex, Agency, and Authority in Nineteenth- and
Twentieth-Century U.S. Literatures

This proposed panel invites papers considering queer organizations and
re-formations of authority and possession. How do the erotics of
possession both refuse and amplify gendered, racialized, sexualized
hierarchies? In what ways are the practices of writing and reading
bound up in sexualized notions of being kept or of having one's way?
We are particularly interested in projects theorizing the erotics of
possession and investment in the contexts of literary nationalism,
life writing, character development, the traditional U.S. canon, the
structures of patronage and literary influence, and the formation of
political affinities across space.

Possible projects might consider:

 -post-slavery racial blackness and literary authority and authenticity

 -queer femininities and performing and re-forming imperialism

 -gendered/sexualized positionality and erotics in narrative structure

 -self-possession and alienation in narratives of subjecthood

 -civic belonging and disinvestment in ethnic narrative

 -reterritorializations of feminism and queer collectivities

Please send a 500-word abstract and a brief CV by 15 March to both Jac Asher
(jacasher at and Naomi Greyser (ngreyser at

Naomi Greyser
Postdoctoral Fellow
Program in Writing and Rhetoric
Stanford University
n g r e y s e r _at_ s t a n f o r d . e d u

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