CFP: Theories of Theory: A Critical Assessment of the value of Literary Theory (grad) (3/15/07; 4/21/07)

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CFP: Theories of Theory: A Critical Assessment of the value of
Literary Theory (grad) (03/15/07; 04/21/07)

From: Edith A. Kostka <>

Panel Title: Theories of Theory: A Critical Assessment of the Value of
Literary Theory (graduate)
Conference: The Eighth Annual SCSU Graduate English Conference, Michael
J. Adanti Student Center, Southern Connecticut State University, New
Haven, CT, Saturday, April 21, 2007, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Call for Papers: Literary study creates unique spaces both inside and
outside texts as scholars focus upon intrinsic narrative and rhetorical
components that drive and define interpretation. Because literature
exists as a complex expression of creative imagination and profound
affective boundaries, its seems that the reading of literature requires
critical or theoretical mechanisms designed to provide original and
ingenious encounters to enhance or amplify both “affect” and “effect.”
Do texts freely open themselves for interpretation, or do literary
theories and critical mechanisms serve as necessary keys to unlock
hidden or undiscovered spaces? To what extent does theory add or
detract from the reading of texts? What this panel seeks are papers
that explore and assess literary theory as a valued tool for
interpretation, or that argue against the used of theory (in general or
in particular) as such a valued tool. Papers should offer
well-organized, well-documented claims about theory, and should include
appropriate textual references and citations.
A proposal for a paper should consist of a 250-350 word abstract.
Paper proposals must also include the paper title, and the name, day
and evening phone numbers, fax number, e-mail address, surface mail
address, and institutional affiliation of the presenter. Please also
include a brief career biography.

Electronic Submissions:
Please send submissions by email to:, either
included in the body of the e-mail message or as an e-mail attachment
(in Word DOC). Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

Non-Electronic Submissions:
If you are unable to e-mail your proposal, you may send either a
PC-compatible floppy disk containing the document (in Word DOC) or a
hard copy to:

Dr. Edith A. Kostka
English Department
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515.

Hard copy submissions must include a separate cover page with the
name(s), paper/panel title(s) and other details and a second page with
title(s) and abstract(s).

Deadline for receipt of submissions:
5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2007. You may submit early if you would
like an early decision.

Notification of Acceptance:
Decisions by the conference committee will be on-going, generally
within two weeks of submission of the paper or panel topic. Presenters
will be notified of the conference committee's decision by e-mail. No
decisions will be made after 2 April 2007.

There will be a $20 conference registration fee for attendees and
guests ($5 for Southern CT students and faculty), due by April 2,
2007; on-site registration fees will be $25 ($10 for Southern CT
students and faculty). Registration fees include all food service
(continental breakfast, beverage breaks, and luncheon).

Make checks payable to Department of English/SCSU. Send checks to:

Elspeth McCormack
Graduate Conference 2007 Organizer
English Department
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

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