THE UNCANNY 19TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE 1800-1900
THE UNCANNY NINETEENTH CENTURY
CALL FOR PAPERS
2019 MMLA Conference’s MVSA-Affiliated Panel
November 14-17, 2019
“Duality, Doubles, and Doppelgängers”
In his justly famous essay, “The Uncanny” (1919), Sigmund Freud enters the aesthetic realm of the gothic by interrogating the unsettling experience of “the uncanny,” which, in its decisively strange and ambiguous familiarity, renders reality and experience as slightly abnormal, not quite right, though eerily recognizable. As such, the uncanny poses an epistemological problem of knowledge, knowing, memory and perspective; and thus, it is always, more or less, disquieting —if not the source of anxiety and fear. In keeping with the theme of this year’s conference, this session will focus on the significance between doubles, doubling, repetition, and the uncanny in nineteenth century British Literature.
Please send a 500 word abstract and a brief C.V., on or before April 5, to Dr. Kevin Swafford at firstname.lastname@example.org