Textual Intervention and the Literary Subject [ACLA March 31 - April 3, 2011

full name / name of organization: 
American Comparative Literature Association
contact email: 
Suzanne.Rintoul@Kwantlen.ca

This seminar asks questions about the myriad ways that literary agency is mediated, complicated, and enriched by forces external to the author function. As scholars concerned with the material production of texts often point out, the literature we read is often shaped and transformed by the work of editors, publishers, amanuenses, illustrators, scribes, translators, compilers, and so on. All of these laborers operating between the inaugural author and the reader substantially transform both texts and readers’ experiences of these texts. But how, this seminar asks, does this substantial field of labor inform our understanding of the subjects involved in the production of literarature? Such questions are particularly pertinent vis-à-vis texts that have been heavily mediated, such as historical autobiographies, slave narratives, and works in translation, but they remain pertinent beyond these immediate fields.

We invite papers that explore the extra-textual forces and agencies that help to shape stories and the complex and often relational identities that guide us through them. Participants might address the following questions, among others:

How does textual intervention produce volatile or multivocal subjects? How can we even identify textual interventions when they are often occluded in the struggle to produce the appearance of univocality? What are the ethical implications of intervening in particular texts? How might new media transform or reproduce ideas of literary production? How does editorial clarification transform the edited text?

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
renaissance
rhetoric_and_composition
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian