Cuteness: Yale CompLit Graduate Conference: Dec 3 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature
contact email: 
yalecuteness@gmail.com

Cuteness, or the Pragmatics of Diminution
Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University.

December 3, 2010

Keynote address by Paul Fry

Smallness, childishness, cuteness often have an unpredictable effect on the reader or viewer of literature or art that plays with the multiform potential of diminution. This conference attempts to initiate a conversation about some of the most ubiquitous elements of artistic communication: cuteness and diminution. Adorable animals, objects intentionally made small, thoughts
and feelings intentionally made twee pervade art, literature, music, advertisement, cinema, interpersonal relationships, and
everyday speech. In a way, diminution defines and channels our understanding of the world around us. Our aim is to assemble a cluster of presentations that explore the appeal and the potency of this phenomenon from a variety of angles and disciplines.

Papers may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Childishness -- Diminution as strategy -- Diminutives as a grammatical and descriptive category -- Diminution and rhetoric -- Theories of diminution -- Metaphors of diminution or Diminution as metaphor -- Pets -- Smallness -- Cuteness and advertisement -- Diminution and genre -- Disneyfication in architecture, literature and visual arts -- Shirley Temple and her disciples -- Cognitive aspects of diminution -- Poetic diminution -- Diminution and descriptive strategies -- Cuteness and/or diminution as narrative device.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 300 words to yalecuteness@gmail.com
The deadline for abstract submissions is October 3, 2010.

cfp categories: 
american
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
eighteenth_century
film_and_television
graduate_conferences
interdisciplinary
medieval
poetry
popular_culture
rhetoric_and_composition
science_and_culture
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian