>Subject: CFP: A Lacan Primer (10/5/06; Narrative, 3/15/07-3/18/07)
>From: "Kelly McGuire" <[log in to unmask]>
>CFP: A Lacan Primer (10/5/06; Narrative '07, 3/15/07-3/18/07)
>Society for the Study of Narrative Literature
>2007 International Conference on Narrative
>March 15-18 2007
>A Lacan Primer: Childrenís Narrative Through Lacan, Lacan through
>Papers are invited for a panel on childrenís narrative and Lacan at the
>2007 International Conference on Narrative. Within the study of childrenís
>narrative via psychoanalytic theory, a basic tension exists. In The Case
>of Peter Pan: Or the Impossibility of Childrenís Fiction, Jacqueline Rose
>analyzes childrenís fiction as a construct of adult desires or a
>specifically adult subjectivity. In Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan,
>Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature, Karen Coats argues that
>stories for and about children play a part in shaping the subjectivity of
>children. At issue in the debate is not only the place of narrative
>within subject formation but also the place of the desiring subject within
>any study of narrative.
>What are the relationships between narrative and Lacanís symbolic subject?
>What are the possibilities of understanding the basic principles of Lacan
>through childrenís narrative? Can familiar tales help elucidate the
>complexities of theory? Can childrenís texts be better understood as
>formative narratives using Lacanís theory of subject formation? Do we risk
>reductive readings of both Lacan and childrenís narrative through this
>method of analysis?
>Papers addressing any of these questions are welcome. Also of interest are
>Lacanian readings of childrenís texts including canonical literary works
>as well as popular films or television. Submissions will also be
>considered for a prospective essay collection on this topic.
>Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words and a brief vita via email to
>Kelly McGuire at [log in to unmask] by October 5, 2006. Contact me if
>you are interested in submitting a proposal for the essay collection but
>are unable to attend the conference.
>Assistant Professor of English
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