This panel will investigate the ways in which the problem of addiction has manifested itself in 20th century American literature. Specifically, this panel will explore addiction and identity as well as its performance, addiction and embodiment, and addiction as it is employed to determine cultural boundaries. Moreover, this panel will examine the parallels between queerness and addiction, including processes of stigmatization, the formation of alternative communities and spaces, and the uses and regulation of pleasure. Finally, this panel will consider the late-20th century phenomenon of addiction’s acceptability and pervasiveness as well as its renewed uses as a tool of exclusion. Please send abstracts of 250 words as email attachments to Crystal Gorham Doss at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for Submissions: 10/06/07. Conference: April 10-13, 2007, Buffalo, NY.
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