CFP: [Postcolonial] AEGIS conference: Power of Form and Forms of Power
Call For Papers: Power of Form and Forms of Power
Annual AEGIS Conference at SIUC
April 3rd-5th 2008
The Association of English Graduate Instructors and Students (AEGIS) of Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale would like to invite you to participate in a conference that explores the
myriad possibilities presented by examining authorial control. Form, whether defined
traditionally, as in the sonnet, or pushed to new limits in the postmodern, poses challenges,
limitations, possibilities, and inspiration for literary expression. In addition, formal choices are
often made as a result of the influence of political and cultural control. Insomuch as examining
literary form gives insight into the intentional manipulation of a text, forms of power often
influence the subject matter, themes, and/or style.
We encourage those submitting proposals to consider our theme in a variety of ways including,
but not limited to:
â€¢ The ways form influences subject
â€¢ The role of new-formalism in current literary studies
â€¢ The ways hegemonies influence literature
â€¢ The effect of ideologies on art
â€¢ The way in which language and national discourse drive creative production
Featured speakers at this conference will include Kevin J.H. Dettmar the author of The Illicit Joyce
of Postmodernism: Reading Against the Grain (1996), and Is Rock Dead? (2005), and editor of
Rereading the New: A Backward Glance at Modernism (1992); Marketing Modernisms: Self-
Promotion, Canonization, and Rereading (1996); Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity,
Appropriation, Aesthetics (1999); and the Blackwell Companion to British Literature and Culture
(2005). Also featured is Pinckney Benedict the author of Town Smokes, The Wrecking Yard, and
Dogs of God.
In addition to guest speakers, this conference will feature an exhibit of some of SIUCâ€™s extensive
collection of rare manuscripts, letters and photographs from James Joyce, the Abbey Theatre,
Richard Aldington, Henry Miller, as well as other expatriate and modernist materials.
We invite individual paper proposals of 350-500 words for a 20-minute conference presentation.
We also encourage panel submissions (of three papers per panel totaling 60 minutes). Panel
paper proposals should be sent together, and should be accompanied by a rationale for why
these papers are grouped together as well as a panel title (as it is to appear on the program).
Proposals should be sent to Krystal McMillen at yvonnec_at_siu.edu by October 28, 2007.
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