CFP: [International] Writings/Art-Describing the Artwork, Paris June 20-21, 2008 (deadline Nov. 15, 2007)

full name / name of organization: 
Anne-Pascale Bruneau-Rumsey
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An international conference to be held at the Institut du Monde
Anglophone, University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle

Organised by the S.A.I.T.

June 20-21, 2008

For its 2008 conference, the S.A.I.T., the French scholarly society for
the study of artistic and literary intertextuality in the English-speaking
world, will pursue the process of reflection undertaken in its 2007
conference, "Writings on Art." The conference will explore ways of
answering the question posed by Louis Marin – "[…] why does one
even need to comment on a painting if the end envisaged by the
painter's action can be achieved simply by experiencing pleasure or
jouissance?" – and analyse possible contradictions between
language and the perception of the visual arts.

We invite proposals for papers that examine the modes by which
writing on art approaches the work of art (technical analysis,
reference, allusion, the various tropes resorted to), and the pragmatic
implications of such writing (the construction of a context for the
interpretation, evaluation, and reception of works of art). What is at
stake in writing on art? How are works of art to be described? To
what ends, and for what readership?

Focusing on the various modes of art writing and on its
repercussions on the art work, we shall seek new ways of assessing
the impact of literary and critical practice upon the production of art (in
painting, photography, architecture, gardens, etc.) and upon taste in
the English-speaking world.

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

Modes of art writing and their integration within specific literary and
critical genres, including essays, fiction, poetry, treatises, reviews.

The relationship between writing and art, and the extent to which the
written text can represent the visual.

Ekphrasis and its impact on the reception – contemporary or deferred
– of works of art: defining values, rewriting the canon.

The choice of a mode of writing: the influence of genre-specific
literary aesthetics, and of the aesthetics informing the work of art. Are
there ways in which works may "programme" specific readings,
discursive modes or styles?

300-word proposals in English or French should be sent to:
Anne-Pascale Bruneau-Rumsey, University of Paris X-Nanterre
( and Laurent Châtel, University of Paris
IV-Sorbonne ( before November 15th

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