>From: aelias2 <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Narrative, Form, Beauty: Resistance (10/15/04; ACLA,
>Paper proposals are being accepted for a proposed seminar at the 2005 ACLA
>meeting, March 11-15 at Penn State University. The conference theme is
>"Imperialisms--Temporal, Spatial, Formal."
>This 8-person seminar will be focused on critical and creative narrative and
>will assess how contemporary aesthetics may offer resistance to traditional
>beliefs about cognitive patterning, about ěproperî form, and/or truisms about
>form/content relationships. Questions under this umbrella include the
>following: What do we mean when we talk about aesthetics these days,
>particularly in relation to narrative? In what ways have interdisciplinarity
>and new technologies altered our understandings of aesthetic and formal value?
> Are all new aesthetic perspectives avant-garde aesthetics? Beyond the solace
>of conservative tradition or ivory-tower aestheticism, what might new
>formalisms offer during historical moments that demand ideological critique?
>What is the relation now between narrative ethics and aesthetics? between
>rhetoric and aesthetics figured as resistance to older, or outdated, or
>impoverished paradigms? Is beauty and sublimity the, or the only, endgame of
>narrative aesthetics today? In what ways do new theories of cognition,
>visuality, and information transfer map on to narrative aesthetics? How does
>narrative form need to be rethought as anti-imperial resistance to older forms
>or valuations of form?
>Papers should not be close readings of specific texts, but rather should focus
>on the more theoretical questions listed above. All papers should focus on
>narrative, defined broadly in critical and creative terms. Send an abbreviated
>vita and abstract of no more than 400 words via email to <[log in to unmask]>.
>Please do not send attachments, but rather paste the proposal into the body of
>the email. DEADLINE: October 15, 2004.
>Inquiries may be addressed to Amy J. Elias, Department of English at the
>University of Tennessee, at [log in to unmask] or at 865-974-6964.
>All participants will need to be members of the ACLA by the conference
>deadline. The ACLA describes its seminars as follows: "The ACLA's annual
>conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into
>twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for the three days of the
>conference to foster extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller)
>seminars meet just the first two days of the conference." See
>http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/ACLA/ for more information about the
>conference and ACLA.
>Amy J. Elias
>Department of English
>414 McClung Tower
>University of Tennessee
>Knoxville, TN 37996-0430
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