MMLA 2015: Animals in Literature and Film, "Arts and Sciences" -- due April 1

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Julia Dauer, MIdwest Modern Language Association
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This year's MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging this year's conference theme "Arts and Sciences," and especially the connection between the history of science and animals.

Papers might consider eighteenth- or nineteenth-century natural history writing and/or collection practices; contemporary or historical discourse around animal experimentation; conceptual issues of animacy, animality, and/or "life"; taxidermy; issues of animality or personhood in contemporary science, medicine, literature, or film; issues of extinction and/or species revival; or figures of "monstrous animals" produced by science, from Frankenstein to Godzilla to the dinosaurs reanimated to populate Jurassic Park.

Papers from all historical and literary periods, engaging questions of "the animal" broadly conceived, are welcome.

Please submit abstracts (250 words + a brief scholarly biography) to Julia Dauer at no later than April 1, 2015.