“Everything miasmic”: Modernist Bodies in Sickness and Health

deadline for submissions: 
September 3, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
International Lawrence Durrell Society
contact email: 

 “Everything miasmic”: Modernist Bodies in Sickness and Health


Session sponsored by the International Lawrence Durrell Society


Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture after 1900



Discourse on the body often relies heavily on normative rhetoric rooted in ideologies that permeate every aspect of society. Analyses of how modernist writers represent bodies and embodiment can, thus, disclose much about both individual and communal mores, as well as reveal various stylistic and thematic preoccupations. The International Lawrence Durrell Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations that focus on modernist depictions of the body. Potential subjects include but are not limited to:


  • The 1918-1919 influenza outbreak
  • War and the body
  • Public health and the body
  • Bodily mutilation
  • Disease and the body
  • “Beautiful” bodies
  • Body shaming
  • Bodily violation
  • Working bodies
  • Artifice and the body
  • Ability and the body
  • Gendered bodies
  • Aging bodies
  • Racialized bodies
  • Athleticism and the body
  • Fashionable bodies
  • Regulated bodies
  • Marginalized bodies
  • Tattoos and scarification
  • Bodies and identity
  • Bodies and nationalism


Deadline for submission of proposal is 3 September 2021.

Please plan for a presentation of no more than twenty minutes. Submit proposal by email to jdecker@icc.edu

 Please include two attachments in pdf, rtf or doc format:

  1. The first attachment should consist of a 300-word abstract (double-spaced and titled), omitting all references to the submitter.
  2. The second attachment should contain a cover page that includes the following information:
  • Name as it will appear in the program
  • Address (preferably home address)
  • E-mail address (necessary to confirm your acceptance)
  • Academic affiliation, if applicable
  • Title of paper/work (as it will appear in the program)
  • National origin/genre of work(s) discussed (please be specific)
  • Personal biographical note (100-150 words)

The 49th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture after 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 24-26, 2022.

Please see the conference’s official website for additional information.