CFP: Form, Formalizing, The Formulaic (11/30/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)

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Soelve Curdts
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ACLA Seminar: Form, Formalizing, The Formulaic
Seminar Organizer: Soelve Curdts, Princeton University

How can figures of form, rhyme schemes, repetitions, rhythmic elements which
pervade literary works - often in so far as they are literary - be
from the formulaic? When does a metaphor become a dead metaphor? When does
repetition turn from a literary / stylistic device into cliche, into the
or everyday? More broadly speaking, how do all of these questions contribute
to our (human) ability to recognize repetition as such in its difference
what is being repeated? Papers addressing all aspects of figures which
oscillate between the heights of form and the abysses of the formulaic
Topics might include but are not limited to: lists, "received ideas",
rhetorical questions (how can they be distinguished as rhetorical), dead as
to living metaphors, and other figures of repetition.

This seminar is being organized for the upcoming conference of the American
Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) which will be held at Princeton
University March 23 - 26 2006.

All paper proposals must be submitted via the conference website at:

Deadline for Submissions: November 30, 2005.

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