14th MELUS-MELOW International Conference (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World)

Country: India

City: Chandigarh

Abstr. due: 15.09.2019

Dates: 01.02.20 — 01.02.20

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Arts; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: melusmelow@gmail.com

Organizers: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World


What comprises the “immortal” element in literature? What is it that goes into the making of a classic? Why do some texts tower high above the mass-produced run-of-the-mill texts? Why is it that some books cause barely a ripple when they see the light of the day, fading away into insignificance soon after, while on the contrary, some texts remain evergreen through the ages. What exactly constitutes the timelessness of books that remain alive from generation to generation?

The conference will discuss topics related to the timeless and the temporal in the world of literature, continuities and disruptions in the literary tradition, and the making and breaking of literary canons. We propose panels that look at (a) theoretical considerations of the canon and changing literary values down the ages; (b) books that have been part of the canon promoted by academicians and other custodians of literature; (c) those that were initially neglected or censored or considered suspect but found their way into the mainstream with the passage of time; (d) authors/texts not given their due, but who deserve to be included among the literary greats; (e) adaptations and revisions of significant literary texts; (f)  texts that defy the existing canon and anticipate a new tradition. Other related issues may also be considered.

Conference Web-Site: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2019/08/02/melow-conference-2020