CFP: [Graduate] Fordham Graduate English Association Conference

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Stephanie Pietros
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The Eighth Fordham University Graduate English Association Conference
Innovation and Evolution
October 4, 2008
New York, NY

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the impulse to change,
improve and evolve. What sparks literary innovation? How does social
change reflect itself in emerging cultural artifacts? How will
technological innovations manifest themselves in our cultural productions
in the coming months, years, or decades? Is the impulse to innovate a
historical phenomenon, or is the word innovation a misnomer? What myths of
individual or social progress shape our reading and criticism? What is the
potential backlash of innovation? How have the academic disciplines
evolved (or devolved)? How and why have genres evolved over time, and how
have new genres found a place in the literary canon?

We welcome proposals for both panels and individual papers. Please send
abstracts of 250-300 words to by May 15,

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Generic innovation
2. Upward mobility narratives
3. Technology and literature
4. Technology and literary theory
5. Literature and scientific discourse
6. The changing academic disciplines
7. Poetic innovation
8. The avante garde
9. Evolving reading practices
10. Literature and ecological change
11. The evolving novel
12. The ever-shifting canon
13. Literature and movement
14. Darwinian narratives
15. Autobiography
16. The Bildungsroman
17. Experimental Art
18. Innovations and new directions in critical theory
19. Architecture, modernization, and the city
20. Conceptions of gender
21. Periodization


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