CFP: [Graduate] 2008 Pacific Rim Conference of Literature and Rhetoric

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Clare Chesher and Laura Eidam
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“Evolving Intertextualities: Voices, Visions, and Virtualities”

March 28-29, 2008
University of Alaska Anchorage

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Bruce McComiskey, University of Alabama, specialist in rhetoric and
composition, classical rhetoric, and
professional writing. Author of Teaching Composition as a Social Process
and Gorgias and the New Sophistic Rhetoric.

Dr. Lisa Surridge, University of Victoria, specialist in Victorian Studies,
with a particular focus on the relation
between gender studies and the Victorian novel. Author of Bleak Houses:
Marital Violence and Victorian Fiction.

The Pacific Rim Conference on Literature & Rhetoric, in its 13th year, is
an annual conference organized by Department of
English graduate students and faculty at the University of Alaska
Anchorage. We welcome critical papers pertaining to
literature, literary studies, rhetoric, and composition from across the

Call for Papers
Defined broadly by Roland Barthes as a “web of signs” and by Julia Kristeva
as a “tissue of quotations,” intertextuality is
one of those malleable terms easily appropriated across disciplines by
multiple schools of thought. Originating in literary
studies to describe the interconnectivity of texts, from a rhetorical
perspective intertextuality also alludes to the social
nature and function of writing. Traceable throughout periods, genres,
rhetorics, and cultures, the amorphous nature of
intertextuality is a blessing, but it is also a curse insofar as its
countless variations prove challenging to classify.

The title of this year’s conference â€" “Evolving Intertextualities: Voices,
Visions, and Virtualities” â€" refers to current
extensions of intertextuality to auditory, visual, and technological media.
As such, the biological metaphor of evolution
seems apt.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Adaptation, appropriation, and allusion • Influence versus intertextuality
• Audience • Literary Darwinism
• Cliché • Plagiarism and imitation
• Evolving composition processes • Trace and palimpsest
• Hypertext and the internet • Transtextuality
• Image, illustration, and film • Visual rhetoric

Please submit proposals to no later than January 3,

Individual paper proposals: Please send an abstract (500 words max.). All
paper proposals must include the title of the
paper; presenter's name and institutional affiliation; mailing address,
phone and fax number, and email address.

Panel proposals: Please send an abstract (700 words max.) summarizing the
panel's rationale and describing each paper. All
panel proposals must include a title for the panel and a title for each
paper. In addition, please include each panel
member's name and institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax
number, and email address.

Please direct questions and concerns to:
Clare Chesher and Laura Eidam, Conference Directors
Department of English
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
(907) 786-4826
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