Vocal Positioning: Mapping the Fictional Voice - ACLA, Toronto - April 4-7, 2013

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Elizabeth Alsop, Western Kentucky University and Leah Anderst, Queensborough Community College

Call for Papers - Vocal Positioning: Mapping the Fictional Voice
American Comparative Literature Association
April 4-7, 2013
University of Toronto, Canada
Paper Proposal Deadline: Saturday, November 1, 2013 - 10am EST

This seminar aims to explore the diverse ways voices have been "positioned" both in fictional discourse, and in critical discourses about fiction. Beginning with Genette, narrative theorists have been centrally concerned with "locating" a point of origin for utterances in literary texts: of answering the question, "who is speaking?" But considerably less attention has been paid to those texts in which voices are not assigned a clear point of origin. If what Barthes calls the "classic" text has – as Mary Ann Doane suggests of the Classical Hollywood film – historically attempted to "spatialize the voice, to localize it," what about those texts that obfuscate the voice's location?

We invite papers that consider this phenomenon of vocal dislocation, and its potential consequences for literary theory. We especially welcome papers that either propose alternative means of "mapping" voice, or that challenge the theoretical usefulness of such spatial metaphors altogether.

Possible topics include:

-Plural or Choral Voices
-Visible Voices in Graphic Narrative
-Narratorless or "Denarrated" Narratives
-Multi-narrator novels
-Voice and Translation
-Vocal Positioning and Genre
-Fictional Voices in Nonfiction
-Posthuman or Non-Human Voices
-Critical/Theoretical Voices
-Dialect and speaking voices
-Reader's experiences of voices

Seminar Co-Organizers
Elizabeth Alsop, Western Kentucky University - Elizabeth.alsop@wku.edu
Leah Anderst, Queensborough Community College, CUNY - landerst@qcc.cuny.edu

Conference Information
The ACLA's annual conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for the three days of the conference to foster extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller) seminars meet just the first two days of the conference. This structure allows each participant to be a full member of one seminar, and to sample other seminars during the remaining time blocks. Previous conference programs that show this pattern are available at the ACLA website. The conference also includes plenary sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions, a business meeting, a banquet, and other events. Members may only submit one paper proposal per year. It is not necessary to be a member of ACLA in order to submit a seminar or paper proposal. However, all presenters and seminar leaders who participate at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Toronto must be registered for the conference and current members of the ACLA for 2013 in order to participate.

Conference Website: http://www.acla.org/acla2013/
Paper Proposal Website: http://acla.org/submit/index.php
To propose to this seminar, be sure to choose "Vocal Positioning" from the drop down menu following the 250 word paper proposal blank.

We look forward to reading your proposals.