Literature and Madness, PCA/ACA 2019
The Literature and Madness section of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting 15-20 minute papers for the upcoming year’s annual PCA/ACA conference in Washington, D.C, scheduled for 17-20 April 2019. The deadline for abstract submission is 1 October 2018.
Contributors are encouraged to think broadly about either or both terms of “literature” and “madness.” For instance, madness can be addressed in its contemporary medical forms, as codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or it can be considered in any of the forms it has been assigned in other historical periods. Likewise, literature can be viewed widely. Past panels have included analysis of popular and canonical literary works and/or genres, but they have also included analysis of film, opera and musical theatre, song lyrics, instrumental music, single-media and multi-media art, and the cultural and economic conditions surrounding the production, publication, performance, and/or installation of such works.
The Literature and Madness section accepts submissions from faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars. Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts to the undergraduate sessions offered during the conference.