Thought and Literary Form March 9-11 2012 Claremont McKenna College

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Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
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Moderator: Mark Payne, University of Chicago
Timothy Morton, University of California, Davis
Oren Izenberg, University of Illinois-Chicago

"There is a well-established variance between philosophy and creative practice" (Plato, Republic, 607b). To translate Socrates' words this way is not to claim that Plato does not mean to posit an "ancient quarrel" between poetry and philosophy, but rather to indicate that this disagreement is identified, in the first instance, at the level of practice. We therefore invite papers that investigate the variance at the level of procedure: how should we think about literature and philosophy when they seem to do the same things (invent persons and worlds; stage imaginary conversations; metaphorize; hymn and disenchant)?

Proposals (300 words) should be sent by December 15 to Professor Mark Payne, Department of Classics, the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago, 1115 E. 58th St. Chicago, IL 60637 (or