(dis)junctions - April 11+12 - Embodying the Quixotic

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Searching for papers on the topic of embodying the Quixotic. Novels like Toole's Confederacy of Dunces, Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, and Cervantes' Don Quixote have much to say about the inner workings of both the mind and society. In what ways do we read and misread these (or other) epic fictions? How do we borrow attributes and learn life-lessons from characters in Quixotic novels? Or, consider the concept of a Quixotic misreading-- a picking and choosing ideals and themes from already Quixotic writings. Is that type of reader missing a concrete understanding of the text by failing to pursue a well-rounded analysis? Or is the complete comprehension of Quixotic text even possible? If not, what does this say about our everyday lives, and of how we are supposed to make sense of our own Quixotic-like journeys?

The theme of 21st annual (dis)junctions conference, hosted by UC Riverside, is "irreverent readings," featuring keynote speakers Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine) and Constance Pendley (UC Santa Barbara). Abstracts of 250 to 300 words should be submitted via the form at www.disjunctions2014.org by February 10th, 2014.