[UPDATE] CFP "Hybrid Realism?" American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2010 (Deadline 11/23/09)

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Geoffrey Baker
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Hybrid Realism?

Several studies over the last 30 years have troubled the stereotype of realism as monological and disciplinary. George Levine, in 1981, emphasizes that "realism posits 'mixed' conditions," and he has more recently read certain realist novels as staged duels between competing epistemologies. Marshall Brown, also in 1981, explains realist narrative as a product of "interplay" between "Jakobson's metonymic and sequential order" and "metaphorical or substitutional order"; as "the ordered or hierarchical intersection of contrasting codes"; and as "a structure of ordered negations perceived within the text quite independently of any relationship between the text and what is assumed to be its 'world.'" More recently, Lilian Furst has described the realist novel as "a record . . . of a past social situation and as a texture made up of verbal signs" which, "far from canceling each other out, . . . overlap in an inescapable and reciprocally sustaining tension that forms the core of realism's precarious enterprise." Is realism really a clash of competing codes? Opposed styles of knowledge? Content that challenges form?

This panel proposes a discussion of realism as a mixture or hybrid form, or as a product of tension between various codes, epistemologies, or other narrative modes, or even between content and form. Submissions dealing with realism in the context of any period, national literature, or genre, are welcome.

For questions, contact Geoff Baker at gabaker at csuchico.edu. To submit a proposal by November 23, 2009, please visit http://www.acla.org/acla2010/ and follow instructions for submission.