SHORT FUSE, An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference - OCTOBER 10, 2014

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University of Pittsburgh, Department of French and Italian

From the quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns to Julien Gracq's La littérature à l'estomac; from Zola's J'accuse...! to Celine's pamphlets, from Marinetti's Parole in libertà to Dario Fo's political farces, anger has often been a creative force; art, a forum for indignation. Yet, the point of origin of short-fused productions can be many: artistic disagreements, social debates, and political views are only three examples of what explosive literature and art can bring to light.

Possible themes and topics include but are not limited
to:

* polemical literature
* acting/ reacting
* revolts
* revolutionary/ reactionary
* revulsion
* rhetoric of terror
* violence
* indignation
* satires and parodies
* anger
* disgust
* engaged literature
* chaotic debates
* hatred and loathing
* intolerance
* distrust
* attacks and critics
* political oppositions
* explosion/ implosion
* gender oppression
* offensive literature

Presentations will be limited to a reading time of 15-20 minutes (8-10 pages). Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Please include your abstract with a letter indicating the prospective title, author's name, department/major, telephone number, and e-mail address, by September 10, 2014 topitt.frit.conference@gmail.com (Gina Mangravite and Paulina Tomkowicz).

Submissions in English, French and Italian (English preferred). Open to undergraduate students.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jan Miernowski, Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison