Lacan and the Post-Modernists

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Julia Bruehne Northeast Modern Language Association
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The panel will explore three questions: Is it possible to establish a precise relationship between Jacques Lacan and post-modernist literature in general? Can one isolate specific important themes in post-modernist literature and establish connections between these themes and Lacan? Focusing on the Oedipus conflict as it developed in Lacan, can one establish relationships between Lacan and post-modernist writers?


This panel has two underlying goals.


First, we wish to study the relationship between Lacanian themes and writers from various regions, countries, and languages. Panelists are not required to focus on more than one language, but it is hoped that the panel attracts submissions concerned with a variety of languages and literatures.


Second, we would also like to include conversations between Lacan and authors such as Deleuze and Guattari regarding post-modernist literature and writers.


Possible themes: 


--Lacan and the French Nouveau roman (e.g. Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor etc.)
-- Lacan and the Nouveau nouveau Roman and post-Modernist crime fiction (e.g. Jean-Philippe Toussaint)
-- Lacan and Argentinian phantastic literature (e.g. Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar) or Mexican literary experiments (e.g. Carlos Fuentes, La muerte de Artemio Cruz)
- -Lacan and post-modernist Spanish literature in age of Franco

-- Lacan and post-Modernist media theories (e.g. Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard)
-- Lacanian concepts in post-modernist theories (e.g. Fredric Jameson and the Lacanian concept of schizophrenia and its connection with excessive capitalism)
-- Lacanian concepts as new utopia (e.g. the notion of 'feminine jouissance' as a hopeful leftist concept for social and political Change [for instance in Yannis Stavrakakis' book The Lacanian Left])



This language of presentation in this panel is English but, since this is a comparative literature panel, the panel chair will coordinate hand-outs and translations.


Please submit a 150 word proposal to the NeMLA Portal.