[Msa-discuss] 2 weeks to submit abstracts to Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis (deadline 28th November)

Katherine Ebury k.ebury at sheffield.ac.uk
Wed Nov 14 06:41:26 EST 2018

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Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis, 1890-1950

A conference at the University of Sheffield, April 11-13, 2019
The twentieth-century was a period of worldwide literary experiment, of
scientific developments and of worldwide conflict. These changes demanded a
rethinking not merely of psychological subjectivity, but also of what it
meant to be subject to the law and to punishment. This two-day conference
aims to explore relationships between literature, law and psychoanalysis
during the period 1890-1950, allowing productive mixing of canonical and
popular literature and also encouraging interdisciplinary conversations
between different fields of study.

The period examined by the conference included: developments in Freudian
psychoanalysis and its branching in other directions; the founding of
criminology; continuing campaigns and reforms around the death penalty;
landmark modernist publications; the ‘Golden Age’ of detective fiction; and
multiple sensational trials (Wilde, Crippen, Casement, Leopold and Loeb, to
name but a few). Freud’s followers, like Theodor Reik and Hans Sachs, would
publish work on criminal law and the death penalty; psychoanalysts were
sought after as expert witnesses; novelists like Elizabeth Bowen would
serve on a Royal Commission investigating capital punishment; while Gladys
Mitchell invented the character of Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley as a
literary detective-psychoanalyst.

We therefore hope to consider areas including literature’s connection with
historical debates around crime and punishment; literature and authors on
trial and/or on the ‘psychiatrist’s couch’;and literature’s effect on
debates about human rights. The event is linked to and partly supported by
an AHRC project on literature, psychoanalysis and the death penalty, but
the aim of this conference is much wider. Interdisciplinary approaches,
especially from fields such as psychoanalysis, philosophy, law or the
visual arts, are particularly encouraged. We also welcome papers on
international legal systems and texts. All responses are welcome and the
scope of our interdisciplinary interests is flexible, with room in the
planned programme for strands of work that might be more or less literary.

Possible topics might include:

psychoanalysis in the real or literary courtroom;
literary form and the insanity defence;
canonical authors as readers of crime fiction and vice versa;
censorship cases;
the influence of famous legal cases on literary productions or on
psychoanalytic theory;
influences of criminology and criminal psychology on literature;
representations of new execution methods (for example, the gas chamber and
the electric chair);
portrayals of restorative versus retributive justice;
literary responses to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
relationships between modernism and Critical Legal Studies (CLS).

Please send 250 word paper proposals or 300 word proposals for fully formed
panels to Dr Katherine Ebury at litlawpsy2019 at gmail.com by 28th November

See the website for more information:

Katherine Ebury
Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature
School of English
University of Sheffield

Office: JW 1.24
New book: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319722412
Forthcoming conference:  litlawpsy2019.wordpress.com
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