Linguistic Mapping. Panel for ACLA, Toronto April 4 - 7, 2013

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American Comparative Literature Association

Linguistic Mapping

American Comparative Literature Association
University of Toronto, Canada April 4 - 7, 2013.

This panel will explore the concept of linguistic mapping from a variety of different perspectives.

We are interested in examining the ways in which literary works shape, or are shaped by, relations between standard and non-standard languages. How do writers explore relationships between languages, registers, varieties? How do these relationships influence the literary imagination? How do writers deal with tensions between the vernacular and the standard language, or between the different languages they may have at their possession? What are the literary consequences of linguistic hierarchies, of rivalries between different languages or among different varieties of the same language? What kinds of literary potential can be unleashed by competition among languages, dialects, and registers? And how can the concept of linguistic mapping help us navigate literary texts?

This panel invites papers that investigate the relationship between literary expression and ideologies or hierarchies of language.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words through the ACLA website:

Maria Kager, Rutgers University
Barry McCrea, Notre Dame University