CFP: [Graduate] Myth and Mythmaking in Iberian and Luso-Hispanic Literatures

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Myth and Mythmaking in Iberian and Luso-Hispanic Literatures

Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rolena Adorno, Reuben Post Halleck Professor of
Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University

>From Plato’s famous declaration that art is the most potent threat to a
functioning republic to Hans Blumenberg’s contention that human beings
mythologize to escape the “anxiety of reality”, the question of how myths
are constructed have long perplexed philosophers and scholars in many
disciplinary circles, including literary studies. In an effort to engage in
this exciting debate, the Spanish graduate students of the Department of
Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago have
organized a conference entitled “Myth and Mythmaking in Iberian and
Luso-Hispanic Literatures” scheduled for October 31- November 1, 2008 at
the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago. The
conference hopes to engage with the following questions: 1.What is myth?
2. Who creates them and how are they constructed? 3. Are there conflicting
myths at work in the same discourse? 4. How are myths transmitted, and to
whom? 5. How does genre create a space in which these myths can be
expressed? 6. How do these myths influence Self/Other relationships? 7.
Are critics too quick to stress the relationship between myths and
literature? The conference organizing committee welcomes papers from all
theoretical perspectives in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Abstracts
should be sent as attachments in Microsoft Word format and should not
exceed 250 words in length. They should also include the title of the
presentation, your name, institutional affiliation, and phone number.
Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Abstracts and
questions can be sent to

Deadline for Submissions: June 15, 2008

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