Call for Papers-NEMLA 2011, April 7-10-The Ecogothic in Italian Literature and Culture

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David Del Principe, Montclair State University

Call for Papers

Session: The Ecogothic in Italian Literature and Culture

The fear of disintegrating species boundaries has engendered panicked visions of the human, natural, and animal worlds that manifest themselves vividly in Gothic literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Yet, while monster figures and issues of human, nonhuman, and species identity reach historic proportions in the Gothic, critics are just beginning to view the genre from an ecocritical perspective. This panel addresses the Gothic and allegories of monstrosity in Italian literature and culture, especially as they intersect with issues of species identity, food, nature, and consumption. Various critical and theoretical approaches and methodologies, including cross-cultural viewpoints, are welcome.

Send one-page abstract by e-mail only by Sept. 30, 2010 to:

April 7-10, 2011
Northeast Modern Language Association
Hyatt New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ USA

Host Institution: Rutgers University

Deadline: September 30, 2010

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The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as pre-conference workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June at:

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. Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.