Voice and Resonance in Contemporary Literary Studies, 28 February - 2 March 2014

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Belmont Abbey College

Whether conceived as spirit, self, persona, or merely a silent placeholder, the concept of "voice," and its purported resonances, has had a varied history in literary studies. As recent philosophical explorations have found, voice can be understood in a number of ways, from its potential power as an embodied and engendered critique of traditional western philosophy to its more enigmatic role as a hinge between the social and the personal. For many literary scholars, the concept of voice conjures similar opportunities and challenges, whether considered as the aural signature of authorial style, as the imagined subjectivity of fictional characters, or as the term for a critical concept riddled with paradox. With these concerns in mind, we welcome papers that seek to explore the subject of voice and its resonances from one or more of the following:

• Interrogations of voice from the perspective of current theoretical discourses
• Considerations of the role of voice in current critical methodologies
• Conceptions of voice in any of the various periods of literary history
• Explorations of voice as an essential element in any of the traditional literary genres
• Tensions between vocal intonation and the formal elements of a poem, including meter, rhyme, and other prosodic devices
• Negotiations of voice as part of the art of translation
• Questions concerning gender, race, and the performance of voice
• Approaches to teaching voice at either the undergraduate or graduate level

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted to josephpizza@bac.edu and albenthall@bac.edu by Friday, December 31, 2013.