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"The Art of Losing": Loss in Literature and Film (NeMLA Panel, Niagara Falls, March 2023) (NeMLA 54th Annual Convention)

Niagara Falls
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: NeMLA 54th Annual Convention
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, British, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2023-03-23 to 2023-03-26 Abstract Due: 2022-09-30

“The Art of Losing”: Loss in Literature and Film

Panel Session, NeMLA’s 54th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls, March 23-26

 

In her iconic poem “One Art,” Elizabeth Bishop writes of “the art of losing.” The poem’s speaker first recounts the loss of small things such as “lost door keys” and “an hour badly spent”; then, the losses grow in import: “my mother’s watch,” “three loved houses,” “two cities,” “two rivers, a continent,” and finally, “even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture I love).”

 

Loss, from the inconvenient and forgettable to the devastating and permanent, is an inevitable constant in life and, therefore, in literature. This panel will explore the effects, degrees, and responses to loss in literature and film.

 

Papers may reflect on the concept of loss in the following suggested ideas:

 

Community, sense of self, identity

Dreams, ambitions, goals

Time, opportunity

Memory, health

Materials, objects

Money, home, economic stability (personal and/or societal)

Innocence, dignity, reputation

People (to death, to distance, to dissolution of relationship)

“Getting lost” in an activity, or “getting lost” in terms of location, identity, purpose

Denial of loss

Formations or gains that occur in the space left by the lost person, idea, contest, or object

Papers exploring literature, film, cultural studies, or other media are invited.

 

Abstracts are accepted from June 7 through September 30, 2022. Please submit a 300-word abstract by September 30 to NeMLA’s online portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP

 

The session number is #19893.

 

For information on NeMLA’s guidelines for abstracts: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html

 

Questions can be emailed to LoNewco1@wsc.edu

 

 

https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP

LoNewco1@wsc.edu

Lori Newcomb