French II: Literature, 1600-1850: We invite paper proposals that relate to the conference theme “Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise” and that treat texts within the given date range. Abstracts of no more than 500 words or complete papers should be sent to the session chair by March 30, 2012. Participants must be members of the SCMLA by May 31, 2012 and may only deliver one paper at the conference. Papers may be delivered in English or in French.
Chair: Abbey Carrico, Emory University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Cristian Bratu, Baylor University, email@example.com
The 69th annual convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas from November 8-10 at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel on the River Walk. The theme will be “Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise.” Death and Eros, destruction and creation, decay and new growth are concepts that we find in antiquity through today, across the globe. For Freud Thanatos, the death drive and Eros, the drive toward life, are two opposing yet inseparable forces at play in the human psyche. The history of culture offers innumerable opportunities to explore these themes: third century BCE statues of winged Eros Thanatos on ancient sarcophagi tempered the harshness of death; Saint Theresa of Avila’s poetry is a death wish to unite with the divine spouse; doom and young erotic love reign in Romeo and Juliet; eroticized depictions of the temptress/murderess Salomé fascinated fin de siècle artists and writers; the sexualization of violence appears in many forms in international film, literature, and art of the 20th and 21stcenturies, while moments of hope and renewal temper political turbulence in literature and media. We anticipate a wide range of original research on these concepts.
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