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Post-Community Theory and Literature
Midwest Modern Language Association
Cleveland, Ohio, November 2001


Call for Papers:  Post-Community Theory and Literature
Midwest Modern Language Association
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
November 1-3, 2001


Even the most minimal determinations of human being continue to be troublesome to
the extent that they institute human being as a universal category, and thus
subject to politics and the politics of representation.  This panel questions
essential representations of humanity at the level of the subject.  Possible paper
topics include but are not limited to the intersection of recent post-community
theory (Nancy, Agamben, Derrida, Lingis, Anderson) and literature (of whatever
period), the influence of post-community theory on "rights" discourses, the
significance of Lacanian psychoanalysis for the thinking of community, the
challenge of post-community theory for the social sciences.  Also welcome are
papers that treat film, popular culture, music, etc. at the limits of
representation.  Particularly welcome are those papers that seek to read texts in
the name of a coming community. Please send proposals (250 words) by March 30 to
Tim Deines (deinesti@msu.edu).

Tim Deines
Department of English
4A Morrill Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
USA