CFP: [Victorian] Gothic Excess - NeMLA

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Call for Papers

Gothic Excess

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

Definitions of the Gothic are typically vague, sometimes including a vast
array of literature and film and sometimes narrowly defining the Gothic as
a genre bounded by time and form. They almost invariably mention some
connection between the Gothic and “excess.” However, the concept of Gothic
excess is under-explored and under-theorized. Explorations of excess on its
own terms are scarce; instead it is taken for granted in Gothic
scholarship. This panel will take excess as its topic and look more
carefully at its role in the genre.

This panel would seek to explore Gothic excess in different registers:
language, form, emotion, narrative, genre, etc. It would consider Gothic
texts in a transatlantic Anglophone context and from the 18th century to
current popular culture, exploring the similarities and differences in
Gothic texts from across locations and time periods. It would consider what
comprises the excess associated with the Gothic genre, and consider about
what functions Gothic excess has for Gothic texts. Is excess what defines
the Gothic as a genre? What, if anything, makes Gothic excess unique from
other forms of excess? What impact does Gothic excess have on readers? On
the reception of this sometimes-disreputable genre? On the forms of
narrative used in Gothic texts? On the language used by Gothic texts?
Hopefully, asking these questions about Gothic excess will allow us greater
insight into the genre as a whole.

British and American Gothic texts from across all time periods will be
considered. Submit abstracts to

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract:

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The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention can be found at:

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

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