International Conference: "Writers as readers and critics of their peers: crossed correspondences"

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Vanessa GUIGNERY / Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

This international conference will focus on correspondences between writers when the recipient of a work or text in progress comments upon it, criticizes or judges it, inciting the sender to justify or defend his or her choices, or to reconsider his or her method. It is thus often through their correspondence that writers have managed to develop their own poetics and aesthetics. The aim will be to concentrate on the points of contact between correspondences and literary criticism, on the way writers reveal themselves as their peers' first critics and the epistolary genre becomes an aesthetic laboratory and a place for literary debates.

The conference is aimed at scholars of English, French, Spanish and Italian literature from the XVIIIth to the XXIst century. Papers will later be peer-reviewed for publication.

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Please send a title and abstract (300 words) along with a short biography (200 words).
Contact: Vanessa Guignery, ENS de Lyon:
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2014