CFP: Anxious Forms 2018 – ‘Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Long Nineteenth Century’

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Call for Papers: Anxious Forms 2018
Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Long Nineteenth Century
Friday 27th July 2018, Aston University, Birmingham

Speakers:

Professor Talia Schaffer, CUNY

Dr Kate Lister, Leeds Trinity University

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‘The power of blood is so difficult to decipher because it is at once the foundational social metaphor and the most basic necessity for life.’

-(Priscilla Wald, foreword of The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500-1900)

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After the success of Anxious Forms: Bodies in Crisis (2014) and Anxious Forms: Masculinities in Crisis (2016), we are pleased to announce a third one-day conference which considers the construction of bodily fluids—both metaphorical and material, both abject and desirable—in the long nineteenth century. The period in question witnessed the first blood transfusion, the first English medical text on menstruation and menopause, anxieties around spermatorrhea and hysteria, the rise of vampire and werewolf fiction, and massive infrastructure…

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