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>Subject: CFP: Desire and Queer Genders in Early 
>Twentieth-Century Literature (3/15/06; MLA '06)
>From: "Chris Coffman" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Desire and Queer Genders in Early Twentieth-Century Literature
>Proposed Special Session for the Modern Language Association,
>Philadelphia, 12/27/06-12/30/06
>
>As recent work in transgender studies by scholars such as Judith
>Halberstam (Female Masculinity and In a Queer Time and Place) and Jay
>Prosser (Second Skins) has shown, the category of gender has become
>especially productive for queer scholarship on early twentieth-century
>literature.  While Diana Fuss (Identification Papers) and others have
>explored the way in which identification, understood in psychoanalytic
>terms, confounds the project of staking claim to identities, there has
>been little work in queer theory that has sought to understand the
>difficulties that desire poses for that same project.  Accustomed to
>thinking of the subject in a Freudian mannerˇas formed by the history of
>his or her identificationsˇwe have come, in turn, to consider gender to be
>the product of identification alone.  What this occludes is the
>possibility that desire--whether our own or that of our objects of
>desire--might have as much of a pull as identification on our relationship
>to gender, and, as such, be fraught with difficulties that demand our
>attention.
>
>For a proposed Special Session at the 2006 Modern Language Association
>Convention in Philadelphia (December 27-30, 2006), I am soliciting
>abstracts of papers that consider early twentieth-century literature on
>queer gender identities and/or identifications in tandem with the concept
>of desire.  What pull does desire have on gender?   Please send a 250-word
>abstract of your paperˇnot the paper itselfˇby March 15, 2006 to me at
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>All scholars submitting abstracts will be notified by March 31 about
>whether their papers have been included in my proposal, and will need to
>be members of the MLA by that time.
>
>Chris Coffman, Ph.D.
>Assistant Professor of English
>University of Alaska Fairbanks
>http://www.faculty.uaf.edu/ffcc1

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