CFP: The Elements of Style (grad) (4/7/07; 10/19/07-10/20/07)

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Heather Keenleyside
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We are pleased to invite submissions for:

Second Annual Graduate-Student Conference
Department of English, University of Chicago
October 19-20, 2007

Keynote Speaker:
SIANNE NGAI, Stanford University

“Style” is back in style. Late or grand, high or low, free and
indirect or ostentatiously costly: style is a term that negotiates
disparate phenomena and seemingly incompatible ideas. It is the mark
of individual character or of generic identity, the site of ethics or
of radical irresponsibility, the product of individual agency or an
effect of social abjection, ornament or expression, excess or
essence. Subtly related to a host of different terms (like manner,
mode, voice, tone, character, rhetoric, convention, fashion, and
form), style is surface, or substance, or both. Literary studies has
lately shown a renewed interest in the idea of styleâ€"not least
because its suppleness hints at new ways of conceiving often vexed
conceptual relationships: between politics and aesthetics, history
and form, meaning and materiality.

What is style, and what does it do? And what is its place in literary
studies today?

We solicit proposals that consider any aspect of style. Papers might
focus on particular styles (like the Royal Society’s plain style, the
novel’s *style indirect libre*, or Dante’s *dolce stil nuovo*); on
the ways that style functions in different media or genres; on the
styles of criticism and theory as well as of literature. We also
encourage work that engages literary studies with other fields:
studies of gender and sexuality, mass culture, cinema, music,
performance, art history, and so forth.

Please submit abstracts of 250â€"350 words as e-mail attachments in Word
format to <> by APRIL 6, 2007.

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