UPDATE: [Victorian] "Victorians and Their Relation to the Unconscious" NeMLA '09

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Call for Papers

“Victorians and Their Relation to the Unconscious”

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

Though often celled realists, the Victorians didn't lack for theories of sleep, dreams, hypnosis,
mesmerism, hysteria, memory, fantasy, and other unconscious phenomena. This panel invites
papers that reflect on the Victorians' insights into the unconscious and its influence on their
artistic expression. Especially welcome are papers that take into account questions of
representation. Possible topics include: the role of dreams in literature; the role of fantasy in
visual representation; histories of the unconscious; representations of the body and fetishism or
symptom in literature, art, or nonfiction; the role of jokes, laughter, or group psychology; the
uncanny, return of the repressed, or other unrepresentable objects of desire that haunt
representation. Send abstracts (500 to 750 words) via email to: Alexander Bove,

Deadline: September 15, 2008

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