CFP: Game, Play, Literature (3/20/06; RMMLA, 10/12/06-10/14/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Sura Rath
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Session Title: Game, Play, Literature
Topic: Language of Play/Play of Language
Chair/Moderator: Sura P. Rath
                        Central Washington University
Mailing Address: The William O. Douglas Honors College,
                                400 E. University Way,
                Ellensburg, WA 98926-7521
        509.963.1440 fax: 509.963.1206

Since the late 1960's, when Jacques Derrida proposed the free-play of
language as the cornerstone of deconstruction, the concept of play has
gained growing critical attention. Together with Johan Huizinga's homo
ludens: a study of the play elements in culture (1955) and Mikhail
Bakhtin's reformulation of the cultural value of carnivals,
Derrida's deconstruction has located in game-play a comprehensive
metaphor for both the content and method of construction of textual
meanings. This session, framed in its title by "language" at its
beginning and end and textured by mirror images of repetitive play in
the center, will provide a forum for discussions on how high brow theory
playfully deconstructs itself in its representations of reality and
virtuality even as carnivalesque celebration of ritualized laughter
subverts rigid social hierarchies of feudalism. It will be formatted as
a round-table panel discussion with 6-7 participants, each with a
5-minute opening remark, followed by audience participation.

Propossals of 150 words are due by March 20.

Sura P. Rath, Director
The William O. Douglas Honors College
Central Washington University
Language & Literature Building, #103B
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7521
Phone: 509-963-1440
Fax: 509-963-1206

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