CFP: [American] Reading, Work, and Narrative Time (10/1/07; Narrative, 5/1/07-5/4/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Matthew Garrett
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The assumption behind this panel is that a rigorous examination of the
relation between reading and working brings us to the threshold between
“intrinsic” and “extrinsic” criticism. Thematizations of work, for example,
organize our attention within the text even as they direct us outward
toward reference to the leisure that is the precondition for literary
reading itself. Most theories of narrative time depend upon an assumed
homogenization of experience that the reality of work contradicts: social
relations in class society preclude the possibility of phenomenologically
equivalent temporalities across classes, even as “homogeneous, empty time”
becomes the macrostructural myth of national (and, subsequently, world)

The organizer seeks papers that offer theoretical or practical analyses of
the relation between reading and working in narrative literature. Topics
may include, but are not limited to: scenes of reading juxtaposed against
scenes of work; narratological analyses of work, or of narrative “workers”
in literature; unresolved cruxes within theories of reading that may be
exposed (and then improved upon) through attention to work; work and
reading as mutually exclusive activities; work and reading as mutually
constitutive activities; relations between reading, work, and critical

The panel organizer welcomes papers from divergent theoretical traditions,
especially those that attempt to analyze connections between history and
literary forms.

Please send 500-word abstracts by October 1 to Matthew Garrett

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