UPDATE: [Graduate] DEADLINE EXTENSION: University of Chicago Myth Conference

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Jenna Leving
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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 graduate student 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 mythmythmaking_at_gmail.com.

 NEW Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2008

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