CFP: [Graduate] The Idea of the New: Discovery, Expression and Reception

full name / name of organization: 
Lesley Moss
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The Idea of the New: Discovery, Expression and Reception

Department of English Language and Literature

University College London

7 March 2008

This interdisciplinary conference will explore how we recognise and
define ‘newness’. It will examine the developments and tensions which
cause writers to break away from tradition and the moments of
breakthrough which ensue.

Our title implies literary responses to geographical or scientific
discovery, but would also embrace stylistic innovation, self-invention or
paradigm shifts. Technological innovations can be seen as breakthroughs
in their own right, or may be linked (in the case of certain book
production techniques, for example) to the nature of the new ideas they

Topics might include, but need not be restricted to:
•Development of new literary forms, movements and critical approaches
•Artifact versus adaptation in literary production, e.g. stage and
screen, book production history, editorial trends
•Experimental literature and the avant-garde
•Literary responses to geographic, linguistic, scientific, technological
and cultural change
•Audience response to and critical reception of the new
•Ethical and legal responses to literary and technological innovation,
e.g. copyright law, censorship, ideas of authenticity and ownership
•Continuity versus rupture in literary history
•Creative innovation – holding to and departing from tradition
•Fidelity versus transformation in translation

Proposals for papers (250-300 words) of twenty minutes in length should
be sent to:

Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2007

Please include author’s name and proposal title in email subject line and
any attached word document. Unfortunately travel costs for the conference
cannot be covered.

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