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GERMAN-CFP-L  May 2005

GERMAN-CFP-L May 2005

Subject:

CFP: Literature and the Addicted Subject (11/15/05; collection)

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Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 17 May 2005 10:08:44 -0500

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>Subject: CFP: Literature and the Addicted Subject (11/15/05; collection)
>
>From: "Comitini, Patricia Prof." <[log in to unmask]>
>
>We're soliciting papers for a volume tentatively titled Literature and
>the Addicted Subject, 1700-Present.  This volume will examine how the
>post-Romantic conception of literature constructs both the possibility
>and our understanding of addiction.  While there are collections and
>books that discuss the addictions of authors or representations of
>addiction, the focus of this book is substantially different: it seeks
>to examine how addiction is a historical phenomenon that is enabled by
>particular ideological and cultural preconditions.  Thus, we do not
>assume addiction's existence prima facie, and do not assume it is one
>thing at all times. Addiction needs particular historical preconditions:
>access to substances; a commodity culture that sees pleasure and
>immediate gratification as the natural product of the consumption of
>goods; a change in subjectivity (that is, the change from an inherently
>rational human being that can itself mediate physical and emotional
>excess to the notion of a self that is capable of growth and development
>and one who has a "subconscious" that is not always rational); a desire
>for individual improvement usually depicted as a "productive" member of
>society; and a modern medical vocabulary that characterizes a particular
>course of this pathology and recounts it as a "disease."  We will
>collect essays that consider the form of the subject necessary to
>addiction, a divided subject whose desire is inherently unrealizable,
>and the role of the special category of literature in creating that
>subject.  Essays on American, British, or other European literatures are
>welcome.
>
>
>Since we do have an interested publisher, we would like completed essays
>and CVs on or before November 15, 2005.   All essays or inquiries can be
>sent to the editors:
>
>
>Patricia Comitini
>
>Associate Professor of English
>
>Quinnipiac University
>
>275 Mt. Carmel Ave.
>
>Hamden, CT 06815
>
>203-582-8253
>
>[log in to unmask]
>
>
>Or
>
>
>W. Thomas Pepper
>
>63 Bayberry Rd.
>
>Cheshire, CT 06410
>
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>
>

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The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Meghan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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