Boston University Romance Studies Graduate Conference: Literature on the Verge

Country: USA

City: Boston

Abstr. due: 01.02.2017

Dates: 07.04.17 — 08.04.16

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Organizers: Boston University


In his essay, “Exactitude,” Italo Calvino posits that his writing “has always found itself facing two divergent paths that correspond to two different types of knowledge. One path goes into the mental space of bodiless rationality, where one may trace lines that converge, projections, abstract forms, vectors of force. The other path goes through a space crammed with objects and attempts to create a verbal equivalent of that space by filling the page with words, involving a most careful, painstaking effort to adapt what is written to what is not written, to the sum of what is sayable and not sayable.”

Today’s social and political climate encourages us to reconsider Calvino’s negotiation of  thought and text. What vectors drive global change, and how should they be articulated? How are emergent voices redefining categories from the spaces between them? Can literature embody these abstractions? This year’s conference seeks to explore the limits of literature, from its confines and boundaries to its transitional spaces. We welcome papers on topics related, but not limited, to:

    Narrative silences and the unspoken in texts
    Paraliterature, peripheries and liminal texts
    Imminence: the suggested, the implied, the unaccomplished
    Transgressive/transformative characters
    Hybrid form and genre
    Language and/in translation
    Travel and migration
    Creolization and appropriation
    Divergent and convergent paths
    Multi-disciplinary approaches to Romance language cultures and (hi)stories


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