CFP: Coordinates of Comparison, Comparative Literature (6/1/07; 8/29/07-8/31/07)

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Coordinates of Comparison: Text, Readers, & Theories
Comparative Literature Conference
29–31 August 2007
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB


Comparative Literature has traditionally been centred on the
comparison of texts from diverse languages and cultures. Texts,
however, are merely one coordinate where comparisons converge; more
recent scholarship has taken comparative analysis to other regions of
investigation, including readers themselves and the theories that
underpin literary research. Exploring the territories that map the
comparative field is the concern of this conference; we solicit papers
from any field concerned with the study of literature.

More specific topics include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

• The status of theory in contemporary literary studies
• The relationship between a chosen approach to literature and pedagogy
• Mind science and pseudoscience in literary scholarship
• World literature: implications for Comparative Literature
• The role of empirical research in the study of literature
• The impact of multi-disciplinarity and inter-disciplinarity on
literary scholarship
• Local moments and global movements: Asian literatures, Indigenous
literatures, and other local to global literary movements
• The shifting borders of "literature": multiple media
• Ethics and literature
• The incomparable

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted via email to no later than 01 June 2007. Please include the
author's name, telephone number, address, e-mail address, and
institutional/departmental affiliation. Presentations will be limited
to 15 minutes each. Consult the conference website
( for registration information, as well as
updates on keynote speakers, social functions, and accommodations.
Decisions on the acceptance of papers will be provided by 30 June 2007.

Coordinates of Comparison Organising Committee
Comparative Literature Program
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Arts
1-59 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5


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