CFP - ESCAPE: Restraint, Liberty and Literature - June 12th-13th 2010

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University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference

ESCAPE: Restraint, Liberty and Literature
The Fifth Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference

June 12th-13th, 2010

Call for Papers

"Man's most valuable faculty is his imagination. Human life seems so little designed for happiness that we need the help of a few creations, a few images, a lucky choice of memories to muster some sparse pleasure on this earth and struggle against the pain of all our destinies - not by philosophical force, but by the more efficient force of distraction." - Germaine Necker de Staël

Works of fiction, whether popular or "literary," have often been described as informing - and being informed by - a spirit of escapism. Readers may take up a text seeking to be edified, but they may also hope for the "distraction" described above by Madame de Staël. Is this a necessary feature of fiction? Or is it rather a feature of the reader's approach to fiction? How does it apply to works of non-fiction? To drama? To poetry? Can theories of escape and escapism be applied to non-literary fields? What alternatives to escape are there?

We seek papers addressing these and other questions, and we welcome submissions from students in all disciplines. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Escape
- Hiding
- Pursuit
- Divine intervention
- Happiness
- "The one that got away"
- Travel
- Safety
- Out and coming out
- Rescue
- Danger
- "esc"
- Transcendence
- Exploration
- Evasion
- Romance
- Survival and revival
- Fantasy
- Liberation
- Zombies

While Escape is a graduate-oriented conference, the organizers would like to put together an undergraduate panel. If you know a promising undergraduate who might be interested in such an opportunity, please pass this along.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should be no more than 300 words in length and must be submitted, along with a brief (100-word) biographical sketch, to no later than April 1st, 2010.