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Subject:

CFP: The Double, Literature, and Philosophy (12/31/05; collection)

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>From: Andrew Ng <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: The Double, Literature, and Philosophy (12/31/05; collection)
>
>CFP: The Double, Literature, and Philosophy 
>(edited volume, deadline for abstract, 31 Dec 
>2005)
>
>
>We are inviting scholarly contributions to an 
>edited volume that deals specifically with the 
>trope of the double in literature from a 
>philosophical perspective.
>
>
>
>Treatment of the double (which include twins), 
>which is most familiarly represented in Gothic 
>narratives, has unfortunately tended to relate 
>it to a psychoanalytical framework, often cast 
>as the id/ego struggle, and the return of the 
>repressed. As much as this theoretical 
>trajectory has helped develop a critical tool to 
>interrogate the trope, it has also restricted it 
>from being studied through different 
>philosophical perspectives. This edited volume 
>seeks to correct this  limitation.
>
>
>
>Philosophical theories from Plato to the 
>postmodernists have considered the often 
>incompatible duality that resides in our beings, 
>thus resulting in a rift within the self. But it 
>is in literature that this dilemma is 
>prominently ìenfleshedî, and most notably in the 
>Gothic (although there are writings not overtly 
>Gothic which also deal with the double).
>
>
>
>The essays which will fit well into this volume 
>would be those which consider the trope of the 
>double in literature from a philosophical 
>framework. Psychoanalysis may be invoked, but it 
>should not form the main conceptual trajectory 
>for the analysis to be made.  Contributions 
>should be on twentieth-century narratives from 
>any nation.
>
>
>
>Here are some suggestions of ìdoubleî narratives 
>for consideration: Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk), 
>the narratives of Steve Erickson, Timeís Arrow 
>(Martin Amis), the novels of Orhan Pamuk, The 
>Box Man (Kobo Abe), Birchwood (John Banville), 
>Hawksmoor and The House of Dr Dee (Peter 
>Ackroyd), Two Women of London (Emma Tennant), 
>Wise Children (Angela Carter),  and On the Black 
>Hill (Bruce Chatwin).
>
>
>
>The philosophical framework (including religious 
>ones) can, however, come from any period or 
>nation. For example, Palahniukís narrative can 
>be read from an existential standpoint, and 
>Amisís Timeís Arrow can profit from a reading 
>which deploys Heideggerís notion of Dasein. Or 
>perhaps an Islamic understanding of the double 
>as depicted in Pamukís novels, or a Christian 
>one in Ackroydís. Relating one philosophy to 
>another to elicit the nuances of the 
>doppelganger is encouraged.
>
>
>
>The volume is looking for essays between 7000 ñ 
>9000 words (including notes). However, please do 
>not send complete manuscripts at this stage. 
>Instead, submit a 500 word (maximum) abstract 
>outlining your argument, and a brief CV to ìthe 
>editorsî at  [log in to unmask] by 31 
>December 2005 for consideration of inclusion.
>
>
>
>This innovative study of the literary double has 
>strong publishing potential and we look forward 
>to receiving your queries and abstracts. If you 
>would like to discuss an idea with regards to 
>this volume, please feel free to write to us as 
>well.
>

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