Art as Symptom? Yes! NeMLA, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal. Submit by September 30.

full name / name of organization: 
Jason Berger / University of South Dakota
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This panel welcomes papers on various forms of art (prose, poetry, film, etc.) that take up contemporary debates about what has been pejoratively dubbed a "hermeneutics of suspicion" inherent in psychoanalytic and Marxian models of interpretation. While critiques of such "paranoid" approaches to art--ranging from modes of "New Formalism" on the poetic/literary front to calls for a return to Althusserian relative autonomy on the theoretical--undoubtedly raise important questions about ideological and methodological limitations of various depth models, this panel seeks to explore how such models are nonetheless indispensable. More specifically, it seeks to provide a forum for debate about ways in which viewing art as a "symptom" might be re-thought and approached in innovative ways. This might include examples of psychoanalytic methods and studies that re-conceive of the notion of symptom (such as reading literature and art in terms of fantasy) or projects that rethink predominant practices of historicism in terms of a Marxian or Psychoanalytically-informed notion of symptom (for example, how adding a Lacanian notion of the Real to a traditional historical model opens up analytical considerations). 250-word abstracts to Jason Berger (

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

Deadline: September 30, 2009

The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June:

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