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Playing with Stereotypes. Redefining Hispanic Identity in Post-national Literature and Cinema.
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Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), BELGIUM; Department of Spanish and Latin-American Literature
Ruth Amossy (Tel Aviv University)
Over the past ten years, the concept of the 'stereotype' has become a subject of intense debate in literary studies, especially in Europe. Although in daily usage the term 'stereotype' often has a negative connotation, the theoreticians of stereotyping (Amossy, Dufays, Lippman) emphasize its indispensable and constructive role in processes of social communication, including art.
This conference, which brings together some of the most important specialists of the theory of stereotyping, seeks to apply this theoretical reflection (about stereotyping) to a relatively new field to its study: the Hispanic world.
The conference focuses on the past two decades in order to examine how, in a post-national context, literature and cinema offer new configurations of Hispanic identity. When writers and movie directors revert to existing stereotypes to rethink this identity, how do these figure in their work? Are existing stereotypes being recycled, or, on the contrary, are new ones being forged? Is Dufays's hypothesis confirmed, according to which postmodernity, in dealing with stereotypes, is characterized by a playful attitude — a to-and-fro between participation and distancing? If so, under which modalities does this attitude present itself (irony, satire, parody, the grotesque, …)? Can other uses be observed?
The organizers of the conference invite proposals for papers on the following themes:
a) examples of concrete uses of stereotyping in literary (including essays) and cinematographical works related to the Hispanic world. Of particular interest are: