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>Subject: CFP: Interdisciplinary Essays on the Apotropaic (2/15/06; collection)
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>From: "Gregory Marks" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Call for Essays
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>Seeking essays for an interdisciplinary 
>collection tentatively titled ’ÄúThe Shield of 
>Perseus: Essays on the Apotropaic.’Äù
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>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.
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>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:
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>Apotropaic gestures in literature and the arts
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>Apotropaic prayers
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>The metaphysics of the apotropaic
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>Apotropaic responses to historical calamity
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>The apotropaics of suffering
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>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.
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>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.

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