Phantom Grief, Prosthetic Mourning: Amputation and the Semiotics of "Loss" (Collection)

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Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität)


Contributions are sought for PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS," a collection of essays edited by Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität).

Essays appearing in PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS" will engage with the theme of amputation in literature from a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Open to discussions of texts from any era, language tradition, or geographical region, the collection seeks to be a repository of new, original scholarship that explores the many roles the figure of the amputee plays in literature.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

1. Amputation as loss or as gain
2. The parallels between grieving for a loved one and grieving for a lost limb
3. The narrative function of amputation in fiction
4. Amputation, narratability, and visualization
5. The symbolic function of amputation(s)
6. A cross-cultural examination of limb loss in literature
7. The existential impact of amputation
8. The psychology of lost limbs (especially trauma)
9. Amputation and (dis)embodiment
10. The sexual impact of amputation
11. The fetishization of the amputee
12. Amputation as act of othering
13. Therapeutic approaches: prostheticizing grief, prostheticizing limbs

Please submit a 300-word abstract, list of primary sources to be discussed, and a current CV to both and by June 1, 2015. Notifications of interest will be sent via email by July 1, 2015. First drafts of essays (6,000-9,000 words, including notes) will be due on December 31, 2015.