CFP: CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Conference: Envisioning Home (grad) (10/1/06; 11/3/06-11/4/06)

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The Annual CUNY Comparative Literature Graduate Conference
November 3 & 4, 2006
The Graduate Center of CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue * New York, NY 10016

Envisioning Home

Keynote speakers: Laura Slatkin (NYU and University of Chicago) and
Joshua Landy (Stanford University)

Novalis writes, "Philosophy is really homesickness: it is the desire to
be at home everywhere." The 2006 CUNY Comparative Literature Graduate
Conference will provide a forum for an examination of "home" as place,
idea, dream, object, memory, concept, and expression. What function does
the home serve in art? What are the literary implications of nostalgia
and the loss of home? What role do notions of personal and political
identity play in considering home?=20

We are soliciting comparative papers that explore the way in which
"home" as an idea functions in a broad spectrum of genres and media from
antiquity to the present. In addition to literary papers, we welcome
interdisciplinary work that relates to the topic.=20

To submit a paper for consideration, please email an abstract of no more
than 500 words to
by October 1. In your attachment, please create a separate page telling
us your name, email address, phone number, affiliation, and academic
address. Please note that no complete papers will be read at this time.=20

Possible topics include:

*homesickness and nostalgia
*the epic hero and homecoming=20
*the uncanny=20
*architecture and literature
*expatriatism and expatriate literature=20
*asceticism and hermitage=20
*illness and confinement=20
*technology and the home=20

The Comparative Literature Department's previous conferences have
included a broad discussion of the nature of beauty, as well as a more
focused look at contemporary poetry, both of which drew participants
from universities worldwide. For more information on our past
conferences, see
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