UPDATE: [General] 2nd Annual Conference; Shaping Readers: Selection and Editing, University College Cork, April 2-4

full name / name of organization: 
Making.Books_at_sas.upenn.edu, Shaping Readers

Call for Papers

The Second Annual Making Books, Shaping Readers Conference

April 2nd â€" 4th 2008
University College Cork
http://www.ucc.ie/en/mbsr; mbsr@ucc.ie

Conference Theme: Shaping Readers: Selection and Editing

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Alistair McCleery, Co-Director of SAPPHIRE, Professor of
Literature and Culture at Napier University, and co-editor of The Book
History Reader

Professor Nora Crook, Professor of English Literature, Anglia Ruskin
University, and co-general editor of the multi-volume Complete Poetry of
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Professor James Knowles, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies,
Dept. of English, UCC, and editor of Ben Jonson’s drama

Following on from the success of last year’s conference, the Making
Books, Shaping Readers project at the Department of English, University
College Cork, invite submissions for twenty-minute papers on the theme
Shaping Readers: Selection and Editing. We encourage individual proposals
as well as suggestions for panels.

The conference will explore the ways in which editors, readers and
compilers shape the material we read. We encourage a broad
interepretation of the conference theme. We are interested in how various
editorial processes shape our reception of the text. Editorial processes
are not objective or neutral, and frequently happen without comment.
Papers might focus on, but are not limited to, some of the following:

• Textual ‘corruption’
• Authorial intention
• Editing as interpretation
• The social text
• The role of the publisher
• Textual variants
• The reader as editor
• The role of technology
• Theories of selection and compilation
• What is an editor?
• The effect of selection and editing on materiality
• Anthologies, scholarly editions and canon formation

To coincide with the conference, the Making Books, Shaping Readers
project will co-host an exhibition with the Boole Library, UCC.

In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the project, we invite
papers from scholars in all disciplines. Selected papers may be included
in a an edited volume. Accepted abstracts will be published on our
website prior to the conference. Abstracts (300-500 words) should be sent
to the organisers: Dr Graham Allen, Dr Siobhán Collins, Dr Carrie
Griffin, and Mary O’ Connell at mbsr_at_ucc.ie by the extended deadline of
11th February 2008.

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