>From: Teresa Mangum <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Captive Audience: Zoos (3/1/05; MLA '05)
>Call for proposals for a Special Session, "Captive Audience," for MLA 2005
>in Washington, DC from December 27-30, 2005. Proposals due March 1.
>I am seeking papers for a Special Session at the Modern Language
>Association on literary and cultural representations and conceptions of
>zoos that consider what roles zoos play in the lives of animals, humans,
>nations, and global relations. Topics might include changing historical
>perceptions of zoos; human and animal interaction at zoos; fictional or
>film or other visual interpretations of zoos; attempts to "explain" animal
>behavior through the creation of narrative; conceptions of "Nature,"
>empire, primitivism, exoticism, conservation, and anthropomorphism in
>relation to zoos, among other topics.
>Although MLA sessions generally focus on literature, the broader interest
>in cultural and theoretical understandings of subjects under study leaves
>plenty of room for proposals from fields distinct from but in conversation
>with literary study.
>Please send your 200-400 word proposal and a two-page vitae to Teresa
>Mangum (<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask] or English
>Department, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 5224) by March 1. Thanks for
>Department of English
>University of Iowa
>Iowa City, IA 52242
>Phone: 319-335-0323 Fax: 319-335-2535
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