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The International Lawrence Durrell Society
Call for Papers
“…only there, in the silences of the painter or the writer can reality be reordered, reworked and made to show its significant side.” (Lawrence Durrell, Justine)
----“Vision is exorcism.” (Clea)
If we can agree that literature is the product of perception, then vision is necessarily implicated in the creative process. At the same time, a singular perspective requires that a work of art take place in a particular location, be that place real or imaginative. The intersection of a particular perspective and a specific landscape often produces what is variously called a sense of place, a cultural landscape, or, genius loci.
The International Lawrence Durrell Society invites papers addressing aspects of landscape and perception in late modernist texts for presentation at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. The Society’s readers take a broad view on the three areas of interest solicited here, late modernism, landscape, and perspective, but topics that connect to Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990) and his wide-ranging circle of colleagues and friends are especially welcome.
Possible landscapes to address include but are not limited to:
The linguistic landscape
The landscape of dreams
The political landscape
Peripheral or metropolitan landscapes
Imaginary, re-imagined or re-imaged landscapes
Of equal importance is the observer/writer and how he or she perceives the viewed area. A few possible perspectives or ways of seeing include:
The Flaneur and/or Voyeur
The Subversive or subverting narrative
Ambiguity/ hybridity/exile (e.g., emotional, psychological, political)
Please send an abstract (approx. 300 words) as a Word attachment to Pamela J. Francis, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 28, 2010. Please include your name and institutional affiliation, as well as contact information on the attached document.