CFP: [20th] Silence; UK (03/01/08; 05/10/08)

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Dr Katharine Cockin
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CFP: Silence; UK) (03/01/08; 05/10/08)
Call for papers for a one-day conference
At University of Hull, England
Saturday 10 May 2008

Theme: Silence

Keynote speaker: Dr Maria Aristodemou, Birkbeck University of London

This conference will examine the relationship between literature and
silence. The literary text is often charged with the duty of speaking on
matters otherwise silenced. In the moving testimonies of war-survivors,
literature combats death in giving voice to the silenced. What is at
stake when literary criticism renders eloquent the gaps and silences of
the literary text?

One reference point for the conference will be the implications of the
change in the law in England and Wales regarding the right to silence on
arrest. While the individual may choose to remain silent, the Criminal
Justice and Public Order Act 1994 curtailed the right to remain silent.
Silence on arrest may therefore be subject to interpretation.

To what extent is silence desirable? The mechanisms of silencing, in acts
of deliberate, state-sanctioned censorship as well as those of unconscious
and guilty suppression, will be identified in a range of literary texts
from any period to the present day.

Proposal for papers are invited on literature and silence in any period.
Any related topic is welcome but papers may explore any of the following:

* Silent witnesses: making the evidence speak; vocal bodies
* Censorship and taboos: from silent correction, the blue pencil to
legal prohibition
* Silencing literature (especially in legal trials and public fora)
Howard Brenton, Radclyffe Hall, D. H. Lawrence, Satanic Verses, Oscar
Wilde, Behzti
* Silence and war-time patriotism (keeping mum; careless talk costs
* Official secrets and spy stories
* Historic silences
* Uncanny silences
* Silent approval and disapproval
* Quiescence, quietude
* The power of silence: silence as a rhetorical strategy
* Degrees of silence; absolute silence

Send abstracts (no more than 250 words) for proposed 20 minute papers by 1
March 2008 to

Dr Katharine Cockin, English Dept, University of Hull, Cottingham Rd, HULL
England. HU6 7RX UK
Email: Fax : 01482 465641
Tel : 01482 465611

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