CFP: [Graduate] Literature and Its Others: Inside, Outside, and Between the Disciplines

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James Lange
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Literature and Its Others:
Inside, Outside, and Between the Disciplines
University of Calgary Free Exchange Graduate Conference
28-30 March 2008
For more information, please email Free Exchange at

Patterns of conventions are established within the world of art or between
that world and parallel ones, such as the world of literature, but they go
no farther. We maintain a special sanctity about the aesthetic object
which we deny to the conventions of representation in other areas.
Sander L. Gilman

My position is that texts are worldly, to some degree they are events,
and, even when they appear to deny it, they are nevertheless a part of the
social world, human life, and of course the historical moments in which
they are located and interpreted.
Edward W. Said
Literature exists within the wider frame of world events. Alongside its
interdisciplinary peers, literature comments, corrects, and coerces. We
are asking potential participants to think about the ways that literature
works in conjunction with the world around them. We ask that you think
about the margins in your consideration of different disciplines, genres,
and forms, both inside and outside of the boundaries of literature. Who or
what are literature’s Others? How do we read them? Why do we demarcate
between literature and its Others? What is the function of such
categorization? We want you to explore the periphery, in order to come
back and tell us what you have found.

Suggested topics for panels or papers include, but are not limited to, the
 othering within literature
 reading other literatures
 (re)visiting the margins
 the art of oral histories
 moving between literature and its Others (adaptation, translation,
or transmutation)
 re/visioning canonicity
 hyphens in/around fiction
 responsibility (response and ability) and/of/for art
 literature’s disciplinary Others (performance, science, law, etc.)
 in/discipline: containing literature and its Others
 bodily Others
 nature as Other: reading animals and the natural world through art

Please send your 500 word proposals for panels or papers in electronic
format (Word documents and Rich Text Files only) to
The deadline for panels is November 30, 2007. The deadline for papers for
the general call is February 1, 2008. A call for papers for established
panels will be forthcoming. Early submission is encouraged.

Free Exchange Chairs,

James Lange
PhD Student
Department of English
University of Calgary

Natalie Wall
MA Student
Department of English
University of Calgary

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