Sustainability through an Interdisciplinary Lens [SAMLA: Nov. 7-9, 2014, Atlanta, GA]

full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA: Graduate Students Forum in English
contact email: 
heatherfox@mail.usf.edu

Michael Clune begins his book, Writing Against Time (2013), with a question: “Is art different from life?” He observes that “according to an emerging consensus, our experience of a description of a house, person, or landscape in a novel or poem, and our experience of an actual house, person, or landscape, are not essentially different.” Interdisciplinary approaches are not new. In fact, as Alan Richardson asserts in “Literature and the Cognitive Revolution,” Poetics Today 23:1 (Spring 2002), “cognitive scientists . . . have been borrowing freely from literary studies for some time, often adopting key terms from rhetoric and literary criticism.” Distinctions between disciplinary approaches are capable of informing one another in ways which expand meaning and engage different audiences—a communication which leads to broader perspectives on the relationship between art and life.

This panel seeks to explore new ways of seeing by examining the connections between literary scholarship and interdisciplinary research. For the purposes of this panel and in the spirit of both acknowledging and questioning disciplinary boundaries, what constitutes “interdisciplinary” is not limited to defined “disciplines” but includes approaches such as (but not limited to), psychology, cultural studies, gender studies, cognition, film studies, and so forth. Proposals should consider how interdisciplinary research helps us to (re)examine our understanding of texts. What is the role (or potential role) of interdisciplinary studies in extending the meaning of texts beyond literary studies, and how might this (re)positioning redefine literary significance? Also, when we examine texts through a “new” lens, how do we preserve the integrity of the text? Should we continue to differentiate between interdisciplinary and literary studies, or is this distinction becoming increasingly unnecessary?

Please send abstracts (300 words) to Heather Fox at heatherfox@mail.usf.edu by May 15, 2014.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
romantic
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond