CFP: [International] "Breaking the FrameâAnnotation Practices in Literary Texts II" (8-10 October 2008, Erfurt)

full name / name of organization: 
Bernhard Metz

CFP “Breaking the Frameâ€"Annotation Practices in Literary Texts II“ (8-10
October 2008, University of Erfurt) Conference/Workshop

Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2008

Two years after the conference “Noted at the Marginâ€"Annotation Practices in
Literary Texts“ (June 2006), and its forthcoming publication, the topic of
annotation practices in literary texts is still not exhausted or has lost
any interest. Likewise there has been no decrease in recent literary
publications that make extensive use of annotations (for a list of the
latest releases and research on annotations in literature, see the
bibliography and the web site

To the cfp of 2006*

> * Since showing up for the first time, annotations in literary
> texts have had various functions. They refer to bibliographical
> sources, give quotations and additional information,
> comment on obscure or missing parts of text, and explicate
> passages otherwise difficult to understand. Annotations and
> notes explain uncommon technical terms, illuminate opaque
> meanings, and translate foreign languagesâ€"but in some of
> their most interesting varieties also constitute and sometimes
> interrupt narrative lines and by-lines. Trough these
> multi-functional possibilities they also tackle concepts of
> linearity and completeness traditionally related to literary texts.
> Likewise they challenge current definitions of textuality and
> paratextuality and interrupt a linear concept of reading,
> sometimes trough empty notes, false annotations or notes
> without text.

> Annotations are marginal textual elements that occupy a
> liminal position, always equipped with ambivalent functions:
> they connect and disconnect, enable and disable correlations
> between text and text or text and readers, they control
> hierarchies and valuations, and they draw distinctions
> between high/low, up/down, central/marginalâ€"often
> making these distinctions collapse again. Annotations and
> notes are therefore characterized by a paradoxical rhetorical
> oscillation: they amplify texts like parentheses and insertions,
> included material, enlargements and amplifications; on the other
> hand they also reduce and concentrate texts to the essential,
> by sorting out and setting apart the secondary, ephemeral,
> marginal, subordinate, unimportant and negligible. Notes and
> annotations consequently reduce and enlarge literary texts
> in equal measure. Literary texts making use of annotations
> tend to support polyphony, complexity, and intertextuality,
> inviting and compelling to unconventional, nonlinear and
> cursory ways of reading.

> The conference deals with the functional varieties of annotation
> types and their semiotic and functional possibilities in literary
> texts.

might be added that submissions are not restricted to any particular
philology, literature, epoch, genre or annotation type. This time we are
particularly interested in proposals for the following three panels:

1 Inclusion and Exclusion of heterogeneous material

â€" different typographic structures to distinguish textual layers
(parentheses and brackets and other internal annotation types vs. external
footnotes, marginal notes or endnotes, comments and annotations of all
types) and their different functions

â€" Questions of authority and hierarchy of text and commentary and the
constitution or dissolution of margin and center

2 Extremes and impossibilities

â€" Quantitative and qualitative annotation excesses

â€" Notes in dramatic and lyric texts

â€" Notes in impossible places and notes without text

â€" Meandering and circular structures and infinite texts

â€" Texts that “break the frame”: mediality and the unity of the book and the
connection of textual and other medial elements

3 Actual developments and new releases since 2005

â€" Recent footnote novels and uses of notes and annotations in other
literary new releases: imitation of/distinction from predecessors or
something completely new?

â€" Newest approaches in theory and literary criticism related to annotation
in literary texts

Organization Sabine Zubarik & Bernhard Metz in cooperation with the
Promotionszentrum der Philosophischen Fakultät, University of Erfurt

Place University of Erfurt

Date October 8 â€"10, 2008

Application Please send an abstract (no more than 5000 characters) until
June 15, 2008 via e-mail to the conference organizers

Conference type Workshop/conference: handing in of a paper (no more than
50.000 characters), which will be given to all participants, until August
15, 2008

Key notes Sabine Mainberger (FU Berlin) & Andréas Pfersmann (UNSA Nice)

Conference fees Conference registration is free. Simple accommodation
(single room with shower/WC) will be provided by the organizers

Contact Sabine Zubarik, Universität Erfurt, Philosophische Fakultät,
Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Postfach 90 02 21,
99105 Erfurt [sabine.zubarik(at)]; Bernhard Metz, Freie
Universität Berlin, Peter Szondi-Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende
Literaturwissenschaft, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin


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