SCANDAL IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association, SAMLA 92
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Autobiographies establish the author’s own individual voice and the ability of that voice to display a social scandal or provoke a scandal. In so doing, authors aim to understand the social space around them, and in particular, their personal experience to provoke others within their narrative from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

How do we use autobiographical texts to examine the crossroads of public and private spaces? Phillippe Lejeune outlines a pact between writers and their readers, testified by the use of the author’s name as both protagonist and narrator. Autobiography has in this way been for centuries one of the most widespread prolific expressions and can be related to the larger tradition of the genre in terms of self-depiction in literary history. This panel therefore explores the impact of scandal in autobiographies of the nineteenth-twenty-first centuries.  Scandal as a social phenomenon examines speech acts. At times, scandal comes from the outside, in which a writer reflects upon an experience; scandal can also take the form of provocation. We encourage papers from a broad range of disciplines, and possible topics might include: 

  • Scandal in Popular Culture
  • Autobiography in the Romantic Era
  • Politics and Scandal
  • Love, Heartbreak, and Sensual Writing
  • Scandal and Communication Studies
  • Global Female Testimonies 

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Dr. Petra M. Schweitzer (pschweit@su.edu) and to Dr. Casey Eriksen (ceriksen@su.edu)by June 30, 2020.