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Call for Papers

Session: Writing the Adventure: The Rhetoric of Peril in Travel Literature

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26 - March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

Session Abstract and Information for Submission:

Travel and the dangers of adventure go hand in hand, and yet very few scholars have thus far drawn a connection between travel writing and the rhetoric of peril as a fundamental trope of adventure stories and travel literature.

This interdisciplinary panel solicits contributions to investigate how the rhetoric of peril has been employed stylistically in both fictional and non-fictional travel writing, and how it has ultimately impacted travel historically, politically, and culturally.

Suggestions for possible topics of contributions:

 *   the rhetoric of peril as part of a Mentalitätsgeschichte or history of mentality (what is considered as dangerous is historically and culturally contingent)
 *   the rhetoric of peril as a stylistic tool - the mythical journey (departure - journey - return); Homeric delight and gaining knowledge
 *   women and the rhetoric of danger and death
 *   danger, death and the staging of the traveling subject (e.g. hero, heroine)
 *   political exploitation and the effects of the rhetoric of peril


Please send proposals of 200-300 words and a brief CV (approx. 100 words) electronically to Ulrike Brisson, [log in to unmask]

Deadline:  September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org <http://www.nemla.org> .

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper.  Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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