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> >Subject: CFP: Interdisciplinary Essays on the Apotropaic (2/15/06; collection) > >From: "Gregory Marks" <[log in to unmask]> > > >Call for Essays > > > >Seeking essays for an interdisciplinary >collection tentatively titled ’ÄúThe Shield of >Perseus: Essays on the Apotropaic.’Äù > > > >The apotropaic (Gr., ’Äúto turn away from’Äù) >constitutes a class of rituals intended to ward >off evil. Jane Ellen Harrison investigated their >presence in ancient Greek religion, but the term >has wide application in the humanities. The >apotropaic often uses the horrible to repel the >horrible (e.g., the evil eye, the head of >Medusa); thinkers as diverse as Freud, Paglia, >Derrida, and Spivak have found it a topic worthy >of comment. > > > >Insightful, original essays in the humanities, >arts, history, anthropology, etc., are sought to >be included in this collection. Submissions >should be well-written’Äîhistorically and >theoretically informed, but clearly argued and >free of jargon. Topics might include, but are by >no means limited to: > > > >Apotropaic gestures in literature and the arts > >Apotropaic prayers > >The metaphysics of the apotropaic > >Apotropaic responses to historical calamity > >The apotropaics of suffering > > > >A nationally known critic/scholar has agreed >write the foreword. I already have a strong >expression of interest from a university press, >and commitments from scholars in architecture, >religion, and literature. > > > >Send abstracts and inquiries to >[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> . >250-word abstracts, sent as Word attachments, >are due by 2/15/2006; complete essays of >4000-5000 words will be due by 8/15/2006. ******************* The German Studies Call for Papers List Editor: Stefani Engelstein Assistant Editor: Megan McKinstry Sponsored by the University of Missouri Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html