Poetics of Authenticity / ACLA 2022
What does “authenticity” denote in the study literature? Is there a way of writing authentically, reading authentically, or is authenticity just the effect of certain kinds of literary tension or structure? This seminar will study the many ways of understanding the notion of authenticity in textual study. While the seminar aims to focus on the interplay between the fictional and the nonfictional in literatures of all periods, the panel would more than welcome papers dealing with other aspects of “authenticity” in artistic creation such as, but not limited to:
Historicity and factualness in literature
Memoir and witness accounts
Reader response and its authenticities (cognitive studies)
Authenticity as category in depictions of race/nationality/religion/ and so on.
Scientific tropes in literature