CFP: Digression in Literature (grad) (UK) (7/31/07; 11/30/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Rhian Atkin
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=91Textual Wanderings=92:=0AThe Theory and Practice of Digression in Litera=
ture=0A =0AA Postgraduate Conference and Professional Development Day=0AUni=
versity of Leeds, 30th November 2007.=0A =0AThe study of digression in lite=
rature has been growing in recent years, and digressive strategies have bee=
n recognised in the work of writers from Cervantes and Sterne, to Calvino, =
Sebald and Saramago, amongst others. This conference aims to uncover and di=
scover the different strategies of digression that have been used by variou=
s authors in prose fiction, poetry, and drama. We will discuss whether ther=
e can be a definitive theory of digression, and explore the digressive stra=
tegies of particular writers, including the desired and actual effects of t=
heir writing on their readers.=0A =0AThe following guest speakers have been=
 confirmed:=0ADr. Olivia Santovetti (currently University of Cambridge, Dep=
artment of Italian) and Dr. Heather Sears (University of Leeds, Staff and D=
epartmental Development Unit) will be leading a session on textual analysis=
 and conference participation.=0A =0AProf. Jonathan Long (University of Dur=
ham, Department of German): keynote address=0A=91=93Perfume from a dress...=
=94: On Not Getting to the Point in Modern Literature=92=0A =0ADr. Alexis G=
rohmann (University of Edinburgh, Department of Hispanic Studies): keynote =
address=0A=91Digression and the European Novel=92=0A =0ACall for Papers=0AR=
esearch postgraduate students working in English Literature or Modern Langu=
ages are invited to submit proposals of 200-250 words for academic papers o=
f 15-20 minutes in length. Papers may deal with any aspect of the theory an=
d criticism of digressive literature, and may discuss the work of authors w=
riting in any language. All papers must be delivered in English, and quotat=
ions and textual references should also be provided in English first.=0A =
=0AAreas of consideration might include:=0AWhat is the history of digressiv=
e literature? =0AHow do we define digressive literature? =0AHow have strate=
gies of digression been developed by different authors? And for what purpos=
es?=0AWhat is the relationship between digression and rhetoric?=0AWhat are =
the effects of such strategies on readers?=0ATo what extent does digressive=
 literature mirror the human mind? =0AHow does the narrative standpoint inf=
luence the potential for digression in a work of literature?=0AAbstracts an=
d a brief note detailing name, affiliation, course of study and contact det=
ails.may be forwarded to Rhian Atkin at the University of Leeds, Department=
 of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, LEEDS LS2 9JT. Alternat=
ively, you may email a Word file to: closing =
date for receipt of abstracts is 31st July 2007. =0A =0AThis conference is =
partially funded by the Roberts Initiative. A small fee for registration wi=
ll be payable, and will include lunch and refreshments. For more informatio=
n or a registration form, please contact Rhian Atkin at

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