Transformations - 30 May 2014

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University College London

This year's UCL English Department Graduate Conference seeks to explore the nature of transformation and the many possible meanings this can hold for the wide diaspora of text production and consumption. Over the past century the study of English literature has undergone vast transformations, prompting academics and writers to re-evaluate the concept of the 'canon', examine practices of reading, and consider the cultural impact of texts and criticism. We invite students across periods and disciplines to explore the theme of 'transformations'.

How do texts and genres change in shape or form across centuries and across media? Can affective or political readings of texts inspire change and transformation? How do practices such as translation and revision, parody and satire, point to the text as something which is continually undergoing transformation?

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

Adaptation: plays, films, music
Revisiting: translation, revision
Reinvention: parody, satire, pastiche
Forms of reading: affective reading, misreading, re-reading, literary criticism, retrospect
Performance: theatre, masquerade, costume/clothing, staging
Physical transformation: human, non-human, monsters and the monstrous
Epiphany: revelations, auto/biography, turning points in literary history and the study of literature
Gender: sex, trans/gender, drag, queer theory
Reformation: adaptation of genre, the reformed character
Social and geographical change: post-colonialism, revolution, war, class, race
History of the book: editions, prefaces, annotations, paratexts, palaeography
Objects: 'transformational objects', the exchange of objects, antiques, invention, fashionable objects

Please submit abstracts (max. 250 words) for 15 minute papers to by 1 April.

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