CFP: Fabricating the Body in American/British Lit and Culture (3/31/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

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Beth Torgerson
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Call for Papers

Midwest Modern Language Association Conference 2007

Cleveland, Ohio November 8-11

Fabricating the Body:

Representations of the Body in Literature and Culture


Panel One: American Literature and Culture

Panel Two: British Literature and Culture

<>From the religious to the spectacular, the medicalized to the
transsexual, the body is made to signify in American and British
literature and culture. Whether this signification occurs because of
adornment, surgery, violence, death, tattooing, disease, age, gender,
race, pregnancy, imprisonment, or some other physical, spatial, or
cultural taxonomy, our double session at the 2007 Midwest MLA conference
seeks to interrogate the many fabrications of bodies in American and
British literature and culture. For papers on American topics (any
era), please submit your 250-word abstract to Cammie Sublette,
Department of English, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Fort Smith,
AR 72913-3649,
<>. For papers on British topics (any
era), please submit your 250-word abstract to Beth Torgerson, Department
of English, Eastern Washington University, Patterson Hall 250, Cheney,
WA 99004-2430,
<>. Abstracts due by March 31st. With
abstracts, please include a short c.v. (one or two pages). <>

Possible topics may include the following:

  <>Dead body Battered
body Medicalized
body Diseased or Ill body

Gendered or Sexed body Scarred
body Tattooed body Autopsied body

Adorned body Disabled body
Dieting body Sculpted body Religious

      Monstrous body Obese
body Raced body Surgically altered
body Pregnant body

Aging body Impotent body Docile body
Militarized body Political body Colonized

        Transsexual body Theatrical body Cinematic
body Criminal body
                and more!

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