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>From: Anupam Basu <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Vagrancy and Criminality in Literature (4/25/06; MMLA, 
>11/9/06-11/12/06)
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>Midwest Modern Language Association's 48th Annual Convention
>November 9-12, 2006
>The Palmer House Hilton
>Chicago, Illinois
>
>Deadline for abstract: 25 April 2006
>
>*"Vagrancy and Criminality in Literature."
>(Please circulate)
>*
>
>The criminal and the vagrant have often been conflated in literary
>texts. This panel seeks to investigate how representations of vagrancy
>and criminality are constructed and circulated. Within the framework of
>structural binaries such as high/low one might think of this literary
>type of the vagrant-criminal as a projection of undifferentiated
>otherness. But how might we historicize this conflation, this erasure of
>difference? In other words, how does the vagrant become the criminal in
>literature? How is the boundary between a strictly socio-economic
>category of vagrant, bound to particular social conditions and
>structures, and a more properly ethical notion of criminality traversed?
>The panel welcomes papers that interpret and address the issue broadly,
>both in terms of methodological questions and particular literary
>manifestations of the vagrant-criminal.
>
>Send abstracts of about 300 words to Anupam Basu [log in to unmask]
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