CFP: Signposts of Fictionality (3/10/07; MLA '07)

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David Gorman
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Discussions solicited of linguistic or other conventional means used to
indicate that a stretch of discourse is fictional. Discussion of such
markers can also address how they can be defeated and otherwise
exploited by narrative writers, obviously: the working assumption will
be that there is no device that, of itself, GUARANTEES the fictional
status of the discourse in which it appears. ...Or perhaps there is?
Since this question stands at the frontier of current research, it needs
a thorough discussion. Inaugurating one is the goal of the panel.
Proposals mixing generalities with multiple examples will be preferred.
Critiques of previous treatments are also pertinent.
Proposals (300-500 words) by 10 March. A short CV or the equivalent
will be helpful, too, but what I really need to know is whether you are
an MLA member. This is a confimed session, under the auspices of an
affiliated organization.
David Gorman
Department of English
Northern Illiunois University
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