Louisville Call for Papers

Louisville Call for Papers

“Everything Miasmic”:

Modernist Bodies in Sickness and Health

Session sponsored by the International Lawrence Durrell Society

Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture after 1900

Discourse on the body often relies heavily on normative rhetoric rooted in ideologies that permeate every aspect of society. Analyses of how modernist writers represent bodies and embodiment can, thus, disclose much about both individual and communal mores, as well as reveal various stylistic and thematic preoccupations. The International Lawrence Durrell Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations that focus on modernist depictions of the body. Potential subjects include but are not limited to:

  • The 1918-1919 influenza outbreak
  • War and the body
  • Public health and the body
  • Bodily mutilation
  • Disease and the body
  • “Beautiful” bodies
  • Body shaming
  • Bodily violation
  • Working bodies
  • Artifice and the body
  • Ability and the body
  • Gendered bodies
  • Aging bodies
  • Racialized bodies
  • Athleticism and the body
  • Fashionable bodies
  • Regulated bodies
  • Marginalized bodies
  • Tattoos and scarification
  • Bodies and identity
  • Bodies and nationalism

Deadline for submission of proposal is 3 September 2020.

Please plan for a presentation of no more than twenty minutes. Submit proposal by email to jdecker@icc.edu

Please include two attachments in pdf, rtf or doc format:

  1. The first attachment should consist of a 300-word abstract (double-spaced and titled), omitting all references to the submitter.
  2. The second attachment should contain a cover page that includes the following information:
    • Name as it will appear in the program
    • Address (preferably home address)
    • E-mail address (necessary to confirm your acceptance)
    • Academic affiliation, if applicable
    • Title of paper/work (as it will appear in the program)