CFP: The Plurality of Interpretation (France) (12/15/05; 3/10/06-3/11/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Thomières
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Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne

Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches sur les Langues,
  les Littératures, la Lecture et L'Élaboration de la Pensée


L'interprétation au pluriel /
The Plurality of Interpretation

The subject of the conference is the interpretation of literary texts.
Our starting point will be the realization that we will never reach the
final meaning of a given text. Across centuries and cultures, all texts
produce a plurality of readings. What (theoretical and/or pedagogical)
consequences can we derive from this fact? If we admit that there is no
truth in reading and no universal metalanguage, we can ask ourselves
whether there are errors in interpretation. We can also ask ourselves
why we choose one interpretation rather than another. Can we make
explicit the procedures and values at work when we develop an
interpretation? Is reading discovering or inventing a meaning or should
we say that we produce models, grafts, possibilities of life? Papers
(in French or in English) will analyze a minimum of two interpretations
of a literary text belonging to literature written in English.

University of Reims
March 10th and 11th 2006

Contact: Prof. Daniel Thomières
Université de Reims
57, rue Pierre Taittinger
51096 Reims Cedex
Tél. 03 26 91 36 19
mail :

deadline for submissions : Dec 15, 2005.

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