The Department of English at the University of Rochester invites
submissions for twenty-minute papers to be given at “Death and
Representation,” a one-day conference on March 26, 2010. The conference will explore how representational forms--uncanny things of death and life--confront their own ghosts in representing death itself. We welcome papers from scholars working in any historical period and on any genre or mode (poetic, narrative, dramatic, cinematic, digital, or intermedial).
Possible topics include: the corpse and the figure; tragedy, death, and
closure; death and race, gender, class, and disability; memory, memorials, and the literary; death in the anti-social thesis in queer theory; representing funeral practices; mourning and ideation; representations of death and the construction of national identities; rottenness, decay, and the aesthetic; death and humor; necrophilia; suicide notes and autobiography; death on film and video: documentary indexicality and ethics, cinematic violence, etc.; representing the undead (zombies, vampires).
Keynote Speaker: Dana Luciano, Georgetown University, author of "Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America," winner of the 2008 MLA Prize for a First Book
Conference Date: March 26, 2010
Please submit abstracts via email (maximum 500 words) by November 15, 2009
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