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CFP: ESSE 2014 "Gender and Sexuality in Neo-Victorianism" (2/28/2014;8/29-9/2/2014)

August 29-September 2, 2014
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Convenors: Georges Letissier (U. of Nantes) <georges.letissier@univ-nantes.fr > and Maria Isabel Romero Ruiz (U. of
Málaga) <mirr@uma.es>
The seminar will investigate the centrality of gender and sexuality in “neo-Victorianism”, including both scholarly works (history, cultural studies, social anthropology etc.) and creative works (fiction, film, arts) and the possible productive interaction between the two. The relevance of gender and sexuality identified as foundational at the inception of what is both a genre (with still undefined contours) and an academic discipline will be appraised by addressing questions of representation (performativity, scopophilia, voyeurism) and reception (“sexsational read”, bifocality etc.), without omitting the ethical and ideological implications of such aesthetic choices. The tensions between marginality and norms (queering, gender-bending) and the historical epistemology of sexuality may also be considered.
Please send proposals to both seminar convenors, including name, affiliation, Email, title of paper and abstract (max. 200 words). Deadline for submission of 200-words proposals: February 28, 2014
The conference webpage, http://www.esse2014kosice.sk, will become active by the end of September 2013.

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