LIES 2012: "Of what is past, or passing, Or to come" : Travelling in time and space in literature in English.
The lines quoted in the title of the conference from W.B. Yeats' "Sailing to Byzantium," which are recalled by one of the characters in Marina Warner's novel In a Dark Wood, bring to light the theme of this year's Literature in English Symposium: Travelling in space and time.
The idea of a journey is inherently connected with changing places and movement, but, through reading, we can traverse space and time, continents and cultures, whilst remaining static.
The 8th Literature in English Symposium (LIES 8) held on 13th May 2012 at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland) is devoted to: the explorations of individual space and landscape of the mind through analyzing trauma and addressing psychological wounds; travels into fairy tales, oriental scenery (real and imaginary) as well as interrelationships between memory and fiction in non-fictional and fictional discourses.
Our guest writer of LIES 2012 is Professor Marina Warner, a fiction writer, a professor of literature, theater and film. With her we can travel into the land of fairy tales, myth, and spiritual visions and meet exemplary women such as the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc or visionaries such as Maria Pia, a character from In a Dark Wood.
Our plenary speaker is Professor Cathy Caruth (Cornell University) and with her we might take a "voyage out" into trauma (and healing)narratives.
Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted to Katarzyna Bronk at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 15th December 2011.
Professor Liliana Sikorska
Head of Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics
Katarzyna Bronk, PhD
Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics