CFP: [General] New Psychological Approaches to Literature (NEMLA 2009 Boston)

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Mary-Catherine Harrison
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New Psychological Approaches to Literature

Northeast MLA (NEMLA) 2009, 40th Anniversary Convention, Boston, February
26 to March 1, 2009

Since Sigmund Freud’s own forays into literary criticism in the early
twentieth century, psychoanalysis has dominated psychological approaches
to literature. But with the advent of interdisciplinarity as a leading
force in modern academia and of innovative empirical methods of studying
reading and comprehension, there are new horizons for the psychological
study of literature. This panel will explore two distinct but related
psychological approaches to literature: first, how emerging research in
psychology illuminates our reading of literary texts, whether historical
or contemporary; second, how the historical study of psychology
elucidates our understanding of contemporaneous literary production. Also
of interest are papers that present original empirical findings about the
psychological processes involved in reading and/or the effects of reading
on beliefs and behavior.

Email 250-500 word abstracts and all other inquiries to Mary-Catherine
Harrison (
Deadline: September 15, 2008
Please include with your abstract your name, position, and affiliation,
email address, postal address, telephone number, and A/V requirements, if

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