English CFP XXIV Simposio

The Spanish Society of General and Comparative Literature (SELGyC) is pleased to announce the XXIII SELGyC Symposium, which will be held at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete Campus, Faculty of Humanities, on the 24th, 25th and 26th of February 2021.

The deadline for submitting proposals closed on September 30, 2020. The Scientific Committee of the Symposium will carry out a review and selection process for the proposals received, the result of which will be notified to their authors on November 15, 2020. In The evaluation will take into account the originality of the topic, the adaptation to the lines of the congress, the methodology and the writing.

 

THEMATIC LINES

TOPIC 1.MISOGYNY AND PHILOGYNY IN MEDIEVAL EUROPEAN LITERARY DISCOURSE
Misogyny and philogyny coexist in Medieval European literary discourse. Even though it is often one of these two stances that pervades a whole work, there are also cases where both outlooks coincide in a given text. There are other times when debates emerge between works that channel opposing viewpoints regarding this issue. Furthermore, neither misogynist nor philogynist literary manifestations are comprehended by the same genres, nor do they respond do identical motives; rather, they are materialized in a wide range of aesthetic and conceptual formats and templates, from sermons and moral treaties against women to texts that advocate for women’s rights, misogynist satire or even devotional literature with a marked philogynist character, among others.

  • Comparative analysis of particular aspects of misogynist or philogynist works within different Medieval European literary traditions.
  • The literary genres of Medieval misogynist and philogynist literary discourse.
  • The relativisation of misogynist discourse in the literatures of the late Medieval age.
  • Tradition (templates and sources) and innovation in Medieval misogynist and philogynist literary discourse.
  • Rhetoric and discursive strategies in Medieval misogynist and philogynist literary discourse.
  • Ideology and literary games in Medieval literature pro and against women.

TOPIC 2. THEATER AND LITERATURE
The consideration of the literary dimension of theatre is often displaced by the scenic aspects of the genre, forgetting that the narrative or the lyrical text cannot be dispensed.

Throughout the new channels of dramatic writing, to critically reflect on the "narrative" formulas on which theater has been based since its origins, is increasingly frequent. Thus, for example, Miller, Pinter, Bernhard, Mamet, Koltès, Müller or Stoppard have developed a metafictional reflection that questions the enunciative mechanisms and the limits between fiction and reality, opening a field of research that establishes parallels between the dynamics and evolutions of dramatic and narrative writing.

On the other hand, the interweaving between dramatic and narrative writing implies many variants: the incorporation in dramatic texts of  narrative genres such as biography, autobiography or epistolary; using writing strategies that belong to the narrative field (representation of the past, subjective point of view, narrating subject);  adapting novels or short stories to stage settings; as well as, the inclusion in narrative texts of dramatized fragments, development of genres and formats such as Dialogue or Colloquium.

As for the relationships between dramatic and lyrical writing, the texts of poetic theater stand out, in particular, fragments which are capable of functioning as autonomous lyrical texts (monologue, for example), or the important presence in modern poetry (from Romanticism) of dramatic monologue.

Finally, translations of theatrical texts, film or television versions of them, the cinematographic script or the scripts for television dramatizations can also be considered as texts of other genres linked to dramatic writing.

  • New channels of dramatic writing. Parallelisms with the guidelines followed in narrative writing. Mutual influences.
  • Appropriation by dramatic writing of traditional narrative genres: biographical theater, autobiographical theater, epistolary theater.
  • Hybridisms and transfers between theater and narrative.
  • Current issues and survival of traditional formats based on the transcription of the spoken word but not intended for representation: Dialogue, Colloquium.
  • Interinfluences between dramatic and lyrical writing.  Current manifestations of poetic theater. 
  • Translations of theatrical texts and their film or television versions.
  • Other manifestations of dramatic writing external to the theatrical field: the cinematographic script; the scripts for television dramatizations.

 

TOPIC 3. LITERATURE AND ANIMALS
Since the end of the last century, Animal Studies have given a strong impulse towards the reflection on the animal itself. Authors such as Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Damasio, J.M. Coetzee, J.-M. Schaeffer, Nigel Rothfelds or Donna Haraway and, in the field of literary criticism, Anne Simon, David Herman, J.-C. Bailly, Marion Copeland, Bruce Boehrer, Karla Armbruster, Lucile Desblache and others have pushed the boundaries of academic research by focusing the attention on animals and on our relationship with them.

The proposals in this area encourage transdisciplinarity and invite us to study the animal point of view, as well as the interaction between human and non-human or human animality. We encourage investigations concerning the specific contribution of Literary Studies to animal issues, based on the possibilities of literary language to express non-human emotions and perspectives, to develop the idea of human exceptionalism and its recusal, or to integrate discourses related to interspecies dialogue or referring to the commitment to animal cause.

Proposals are encouraged to delve into questions of corpus, canon and narrative genres, formal innovations, themes, motifs, symbols, and imaginaries relative to the animal world and its relationship with the human world in literature.

  • Animal Studies and Zoopoetics: concept, implications, theoretical developments.  
  • Animals in literary texts. Representations, imaginaries, discourses. 
  • The "literary animal" as a symbolic entity. Topics and stereotypes.
  • Anthropocentrism, the "human exception" and its negation in literature.
  • Naturalistic figurations vs. animistic figurations of animals.
  • Antropomorphism and the question of the humanization of animals in literary fiction.
  • The animal point of view and the voice of animals in literary texts.
  • Animal rights, claims and controversies in their fictional representation. 
  • Ethics of similarity vs. interspecies ethics in literature.
  • The animal as a veiled reality in literary discourses (from Zoopoetics to other epistemological approaches, such as Food Studies). 
  • Interrelations between the literary representations of animals and their inclusions in other artistic manifestations. 

 

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