SAMLA Nov. 5-7, 2010 CFP: Violent Masculinities–Early Modern Texts and Modern Images | cfp.english.upenn.edu
by Jessica C. Murphy
From Lavinia’s rape and dismemberment in Titus Andronicus to thedecimation of villains in The Faerie Queene, early modern texts are rife with acts of spectacular violence in part because of the central role they play in constituting and contesting early modern masculinity.Similarly, modern popular culture has proliferated and valorized images of violent masculinity, both in adaptations of early modern works e.g. Hamlet and The Revenger’s Tragedy and in later models of heroism e.g. the Terminator films, superhero comics. This panel welcomes papers considering historical, theoretical, literary and/or aesthetic aspects of violent masculinity, then and now. How do displays of violence construct masculinity? Trouble it? To what extent and in what ways is the spectacularity of violence significant in forming masculinity? How do modern representations of violence perpetuate, transform, and/or challenge early modern models of masculinity?
Please send paper abstracts of 250-500 words to Catherine Thomas, College of Charleston at ThomasC@cofc.edu or Jennifer Feather, UNC-Greensboro at J_FEATHE@uncg.edu by May 1, 2010.