SCMLA 2010: Gothic Session, Deadline March 26, 2010

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Papers are requested for the regular Gothic session at the 2010 South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) annual conference in Fort Worth, TX. Drawing on the 2010 conference theme of "New Frontiers," this panel will explore the Gothic continues to grow in popularity throughout literature and film and how those themes change our view of the world around us. How does the current popular obsession with Gothic themes determine how we read classic texts? How does the Gothic influence what we define as literature and canon? In turn, how are Gothic texts and films shaping how we understand our culture? Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• The reexamination of classic texts through a contemporary Gothic lens (For example, do novels like Twilight and The Vampire Diaries influence how we teach Bram Stoker's Dracula?)
• The creation of new genres using Gothic tropes (steampunk, cyberpunk, etc.)
• The Gothic reinvention of canonical authors (i.e. the "new" Jane Austen as seen in books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)

Paper proposals may cover any time period or textual medium (books, films, television, etc.), as long as they pertain to the Gothic theme in some way, but essays which address the current trend of zombies and the "living dead" are preferred. Panel presenters must be members of SCMLA by May 22, 2010.
Please submit a 500 word abstract, along with any audiovisual (AV) equipment requests, via email to Lisa Kröger ( no later than March 26, 2010.

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