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NeMLA Godly and Grotesque 2017 : NeMLA 2017 CFP The Goldy and the Grotesque: The Monstrous Body in Antiquity and Beyond

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Link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16224
 
When Mar 23, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017
Where Baltimore
Submission Deadline Sep 30, 2016
 

Call For Papers

In the modern era, the word “monster” has taken on a negative implication, frequently referring to an entity that is fearsome or even harmful. The term has its origins in the Latin monstrum, which meant demonstration or divine sign, and the Greek word teras, which may be translated as strange, wonderful, or marvelous and can signify any entity composed of multiple parts. The “monstrous” figures prominently in descriptions of hybrid creatures originating in Greco-Roman mythology, but these images were often deployed in order to render philosophical, religious, and political ideas. Classical sources frequently highlight the tension inherent to the monstrous body, an entity that could simultaneously represent deformity and divinity, existing as both marvel and abnormality. This panel will explore the various conceptions and uses of the monstrous body in Greco-Roman literature, drama, philosophy, and art, as well as the influence of these Classical ideas on subsequent time periods. Possible approaches include, but are not limited to:

· evocations of monstrous bodies and/or mythological creatures in Classical and post-Classical literatures

· the relationship between the ancient monstrous body and more modern theories of the body (including disability studies)

· the monstrous body as philosophical and/or political symbol

· the monstrous body and education

· the relationship between the monstrous and the divine

· the religious aspects of the monstrous

· visual representations of the monstrous in art and theatre

· the monstrous body as boundary-crossing hybrid.

By contemplating the many contexts and depictions of the monstrous body in Classical thought, this panel will not only gain a better understanding of the multiple connotations of the term, but will also trace the evolution of the “monstrous” from antiquity to the present day. Please submit 300 word abstracts to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16224 by September 30th.

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