24th July 2009 at 3:39 pm #5825Alexandra CuncevParticipant
(Re)Writing Anaïs Nin and Her Diaries
41st Convention, NeMLA (April 7-11, 2010) Montreal, Quebec, Canada
You carry away with you a part of me reflected in you?
I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence.
Diary writing in general has a dynamic interplay between truth and fiction,
self and other, subject and object. But matters are further complicated
when the diarist writes over nineteen hundred pages, when the diarist
publishes extractions years later, and when the diarist is female and has a
background in psychoanalysis. Indeed, Anaïs Nin is one of the most prolific
diarists to date. However, the many layers that exist within the diaries
themselves (the originals as well as the unexpurgated) coupled with Nin’s
own obsessive and neurotic behaviors create tensions and abstractions
within past scholarship.
Because of these layers, critics all too often fall back on examining Nin
and the authenticity of her writings trying to make sense of the mass
number of pages and the many discrepancies. For example, Suzanne
Nalbantian’s article titled “Aesthetic Lies” explains “[t]he struggle
between the masquerade and the truth” as an aesthetical form, stating that
it “eventually found its resolution in [Nin’s] theory of fiction.” But Nin
and her diaries are more than a debate between truth and fiction, art and
This panel’s aim is to further explore Nin, her diaries, and her need to
write. Papers may interrogate past critics’ claims; engage with recent (or
unfamiliar) theories, lenses, and approaches; present interdisciplinary
connections; or analyze specific portions of her journalsall in attempts
to offer novel and insightful perspectives by (re)writing Nin and her
Please send 250-500 word abstracts and one-page CV (as well as any
questions) to Rachel N. Spear at
firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 30, 2009,
with your subject line as “2010 NeMLA Abstract.” Submissions should include
the following information: name, affiliation, email, postal address,
telephone number, one-page CV, and A/V requirements (if any, note A/V has
$10 handling fee).
The complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however, panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.
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