MMLA 2010 (11/04-07, Chicago) - The Philosophical-Literary Hybrid Text

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Agnes Malinowska, University of Chicago
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The mixed formal properties of certain texts across the history of philosophy and literature resist any attempt at their easy classification within either of these traditional generic categories. Such philosophical-literary hybrid texts seem to deny the adequacy of either strictly philosophical or literary form for expressing a particular content or inducing some affective or intellectual experience. This panel seeks to explore questions raised by the philosophical-literary hybrid text, in all its historical and geographical variation. What is the relationship between the hybrid form of some philosophical-literary text and its content? What are the stakes of philosophical-literary hybridity for some author? How can we understand intrinsically philosophical-literary hybrid modes of cultural production (e.g. myth)? Key examples of hybrid texts include Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time and Plato's Symposium. Work addressing philosophical-literary hybridity in any geographical region and historical era is welcome.

Abstracts should not exceed 350 words and should be sent to amalinowska@uchicago.edu by Tuesday, June 1st. Presentations should be 15 to 20 minutes.