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“TURNING POINTS”: SHOCK AND INTROSPECTION. 4TH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE. STANFORD COMP LIT. APRIL 30-MAY 1, 2010
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY, DEPT. OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
4th Annual Graduate Conference
Call for Papers
“Me from Myself, to vanish
The tension between shock and introspection has played a crucial role in our culture, informing our understanding of historical, psychological, artistic, and epistemological processes.
In the historical or critical perspective, shock has often been identified in terms of a consciousness of a discontinuity: a break with tradition, a feeling of novelty, of vertigo in the face of the passing moment. At the same time, introspection as a self-reflective move has forged human creation over the centuries. From Aristotle’s identity principles to the Renaissance’ shift of poetic subjectivity to the fragmentation of the self in modern poetry and contemporary narrative, introspection has been a response to a changing reality and to the place of the self in literature and the arts.
We propose a reflection on how movements of introspection or shock have touched ground in the form of artistic creation across the perspective of several disciplines, and upon various literary and artistic expressions from different historical periods.
Papers might focus on the following topics, but are not limited to these:
• Autonomy vs. Deautonomization of the Art work
We are therefore inviting all graduate students interested in the project to submit proposals for a 20 minute talk by sending an abstract of no more than 250 words as an attachment to:
Deadline for submission of abstract is January 24, 2010.
You will be notified if your proposal has been accepted no later than February 24, 2010 and we would like to have confirmation from those whose submissions have been accepted no later than March 10, 2010.
Thank you for your participation.