South Central MLA "Literature and Psychology"

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
November 3, 2016 to November 5, 2016
Location: 
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Humanities, Psychology, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

2016 South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA), November 3-5, 2016, Dallas, TX.

“Literature and Psychology” Regular Session

This regular session of the SCMLA focuses on the intersections between literature and psychology, broadly interpreted. Each year panel speakers present on diverse topics, from the Gothic uncanny to the apocalyptic psychology of The Hunger Games. Proposals may address this topic from a number of directions, but must engage, to some extent, psychology and literature.

The 2016 SCMLA theme is “The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture.” Proposals need not address this theme—while we welcome submissions that engage the conference headline, all abstracts will be considered. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • The uncanny
  • Psychoanalysis and literature
  • Pathology and madness in literary history
  • Literary representation and the institutional history of psychology and/or psychoanalysis
  • Freudian approaches v. Foucauldian approaches
  • Radical psychoanalysis and critical theory in literature
  • Queer Freudianism
  • Celebrity and narcissism
Contact Info: 

Please send 500-word abstracts or complete papers to Alexander Menrisky at afme222@uky.edu by March 30, 2016. See the SCMLA web site for more details.

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