Call for Papers for a Session Entitled "‘Sadness and Madness?’ Reconsidering Melancholy" at the Northeast Modern Language Association 46th Annual Convention
April 30-May 3, 2015 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014
This panel seeks to explore the complex and often contradictory notion of melancholy and its representations as madness and genius/creativity. Ideally, presentations will contribute to a better understanding of: (1) melancholy beyond the dichotomy of healthy/unhealthy, productive/unproductive, disability/gift, apathy/mania; (2) melancholy as representation of an active engagement in Trauerarbeit; and (3) artistic engagements with melancholy creating a therapeutic space between writer and reader, artist and audience.
Chair: Noelle Rettig