The Poetics of Multilingualism – La Poétique du plurilinguisme International Colloquium, ELTE, Budapest, 4-5-6

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Centre des Hautes Études de la Renaissance, University Eötvös Loránd (ELTE), Hungary

The Poetics of Multilingualism – La Poétique du plurilinguisme
International Colloquium, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary 4-5-6 April 2013.

The goal of the conference is to focus on poetical, metrical, and linguistic principles in bilingual and multilingual texts. It aims to present the interactions of different literary traditions with their specific constraints, as well as the way multilingual texts obey or oppose established compositional rules and principles.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
multilingualism and the birth of vernacular literatures
poetical code-switching in multilingual texts
rhythmic, metrical, and poetic imitation in multilingual poems
generic classification of multilingual texts in poetical treatises
multilingualism and polyphonic music
multilingualism and glossolalia
adopting foreign poetical patterns by integrating foreign languages
oral performance of multilingual texts and reading out multilingual texts
multilingualism and formulaic language
multilingualism as a formal constraint: the Oulipo and the plurality of languages

We welcome submissions on all literary periods and languages; special attention will be paid to medieval, early modern, and contemporary European literature.

Keynote speakers:
Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet (Universite de Paris-Sorbonne)
Jacques Roubaud (Oulipo)
Ivan Horvath (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Dominique Billy (Universite de Toulouse – Le Mirail)

Abstracts are invited for 40 minute presentations followed by 10-minute question periods. One-page (including references and examples) abstracts in both .doc and .pdf format should be sent to by 31 December 2012.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2012
Notification of acceptance: 30 January 2013
Registration deadline: 15 February 2013.
Conference fee: none
Organising committee: Levente Seláf (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, mail to selaf.levente[at] and Patrizia Noel (Otto Friedrich-Universität, Bamberg, mail to patrizia.noel[at]

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