CFP: Madwoman in the American Attic (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Beth Jensen
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Madwoman in the (American) Attic : Theoretical Approaches to Mental Illness

Mental illness and its physical manifestations are often linked to female
characters. In the past, the "madwoman in the attic" was often associated
with characters in British Literature. This panel will focus instead on the
mental state and treatment of female characters in American literature. Is
mental illness a reflection of the society and the changes occurring within
its structure? Is it a means to marginalize? Does it reflect unwanted change
and the fears that result? Does its represent an effort to control and to
silence those who threaten the status quo? The panel calls for papers that
apply various theoretical approaches in their analysis of mental illness and
the effort to place the American woman in the figurative attic. Abstracts
should be sent to by 9/15/06.

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