Bodies and Boundaries in Irish and American Literature, to be held in Dublin City University on September 05-06, 2023, entirely in person.
This conference intends to explore twentieth and twenty-first century literature through the lens of literary geography and theories on space, place and embodiment. Indeed, by using the different approaches of literature and geography to “think beyond taken-for-granted categories, levels, and terms” (Hones, 688), literary geography allows a discussion that redefines not only the genres but also how one experiences a text according to different spatialities and bodies.
Papers addressing the following themes are especially welcomed and encouraged:
- Literary geography in relation to Irish literature, American literature, or Irish-American literature (20th-21st centuries)
- The body as a boundary
- Bodies and boundaries in literature
- Fictional accounts on: race; sexuality; gender; disability; social status; the “future body”
- Political/ non-political bodies
- Gendering bodies and boundaries
- Keynote speakers: June Caldwell, Nessa Cronin, Sophie White and Emilie Pine.
If you are interested in participating in the conference, whether by giving a presentation or organising a panel, please send an abstract (300 words maximum) and a short biography (100 words) to: laetitia.nebotdeneuville2@
mail.dcu.ie. If you want to attend the conference, please send an email to the same email address. Please specify your home institution for both cases.
Deadline for abstract submission and attendance registration: May 22, 2023.
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