41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure
Call for Papers
Theory Session: Art as Symptom? Yes!
This panel welcomes papers on various forms of art (prose, poetry, film, etc.) that take up contemporary debates about what has been pejoratively dubbed a "hermeneutics of suspicion" inherent in psychoanalytic and Marxian models of interpretation. While critiques of such "paranoid" approaches to art--ranging from modes of "New Formalism" on the poetic/literary front to calls for a return to Althusserian relative autonomy on the theoretical--undoubtedly raise important questions about ideological and methodological limitations of various depth models, this panel seeks to explore how such models are nonetheless indispensable. More specifically, it seeks to provide a forum for debate about ways in which viewing art as a "symptom" might be re-thought and approached in innovative ways. This might include examples of psychoanalytic methods and studies that re-conceive of the notion of symptom (such as reading literature and art in terms of fantasy) or projects that rethink predominant practices of historicism in terms of a Marxian or Psychoanalytically-informed notion of symptom (for example, how adding a Lacanian notion of the Real to a traditional historical model opens up analytical considerations). 250-word abstracts to Jason Berger (Jason.Berger@usd.edu).
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