Poetics of Authenticity / ACLA 2022

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Ron Ben-Tovim / Ben-Gurion University
contact email: 

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.

Documentary writing/film

Scientific tropes in literature