CFP: Intertexuality: Conversations Between the Sheets (grad) (1/5/07; 3/30/07-3/31/07)

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Intertexuality: Conversations Between the Sheets
English Graduate Student Conference
The University of Tulsa
March 30-31, 2007

Call for papers and panels:

“Conversations Between the Sheets” is concerned with the direct and/or indirect discourse between texts that takes place when authors (whoever an author may be—from a single writer or coauthors to a community of editors, publishers, booksellers, etc.) interact with each other—alluding, referencing, paraphrasing, quoting, borrowing, sharing, stealing, extending, challenging, or opposing each others’ ideas. Whether it is in the form of support, abuse, or simply recognition of ideas between writers, texts converse with each other.

The Second Annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Tulsa would like to invite proposals for papers on the theme of intertextuality. Although we invite papers that apply the term “text” loosely (i.e. film, music, art), the paper should have an overall literary focus. Papers for this conference can include, but are not limited to, discussing intertextuality…

• as present along the lines of literary tradition (Eliot, et al.); the ways authors think of themselves in relation to their predecessors and deal with the pressure of generic and stylistic conventions as well as experimental competition both as an anxiety of influence and a rewriting of past works (Bloom) and as a limiting of creative potential (Said and Benjamin)
• within a work, such as when an author directly quotes another author’s work or there is evidence an author was influenced by another author’s work
• when an author integrates genres such as a poem within a novel or when an author layers a text such as a play within a play
• as a source of humor, both within satire and in contemporary “empty” referential humor
• within an individual author’s oeuvre
• and the creation of tension through adaptation both within and across genres
• at the level of language and the relationship of linguistic units to other levels of units, such as neologisms and heteroglossia; meanings internal to language and their integrative relationships; language as a textual system in which several codes are always at work (Kristeva)
• and the distinction between allusion and plagiarism and the modernist project somewhere in between (The Waste Land); the distinction between intention (what Hutcheon calls parody) and unconscious
• as it relates to what Cary Nelson calls “coherent mixed genres” such as periodicals that pull multiple authors and modes of representations into dialogue with one another with varying levels of consistency and editorial vision or control
• and the nature of contemporary postmodern/postindustrial technological culture, particularly with reference to hypertext within the field of literary studies
• and the way a text works referentially within the cultural and ideological formations of a specific historical moment

We are looking for submissions from graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. Please send a 300-500 word abstract for a 20 minute presentation or a 300-500 word panel proposal to by January 5th, 2007. The conference will take place at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from the afternoon of March 30th to the evening of March 31st. Please refer to our website for updates:

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