CFP: Neurology and Literature at the Fin de Siècle (6/17/05; collection)

Submissions are invited for a collection of critical essays on intersections between British, European, and North American literature and neurology between 1870 and 1920. We are willing to consider essays on literature examined in its scientific context, as well as essays performing literary analyses of scientific texts. Submissions by emergent as well as established scholars are welcome. A series editor at one of Britain’s leading academic presses has shown strong preliminary interest in the project.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to): -Multiple personality disorder, hysteria, traumatic neuroses, anxiety neuroses and shell shock -Debates regarding localization of brain function -Theories about gender in relation to brain function -Aphasia and other communication disorders -Motor automatism (including somnambulism, automatic writing, etc.) -The work of the Society for Psychical Research in relation to contemporary neurological debates -Hypnosis -Hypnoid or dissociative mental states -The legacy of phrenology and physiognomy in late Victorian literature and science -Freud’s theory of the subconscious and its Victorian predecessors (such as William Carpenter’s theory of “unconscious cerebration”) -The works of Charles Darwin, David Ferrier, William Carpenter, T.H. Huxley, and other prominent late-Victorian scientists (particularly in relation to neurology) -Comparison of British and Continental scientific methodology -The ethics of Victorian and Edwardian psychological experimentation -Doctor-patient relations during this time period

Paper abstracts (circa 400 words) must be submitted by June 17, 2005. Please include a one-page CV along with your abstract. Should your abstract be accepted, your essay must be completed by December 2005. Completed essays should be between 7,000-10,000 words including endnotes and must follow Chicago style guidelines.

Please send inquiries and submissions (preferably electronically in MS word format) to Anne Stiles ([email protected].