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

* 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 (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