>From: Matthew Badura <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: A Dialogue on Dialogue (3/11/05; MLA '05)
>CFP: "A Dialogue on Dialogue"
>2005 MLA Convention, Washington D.C.
>Program arranged by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature
>What do we talk about when we talk about dialogue? Like most
>fundamental concepts, dialogue has been both over- and under-theorized.
> Dialogue can refer to spoken interactions between fictional
>characters, a strategy to resolve real-world problems, reader response
>(i.e. the ways readers dialogue with texts), or intertextuality (i.e.
>the ways texts dialogue with one another). The sheer expansiveness of
>the term is its greatest asset, as well as the property most likely to
>render the conversation cacophonous and unproductive. With the intent
>of refining this discussion, this panel will present a
>multi-disciplinary investigation of dialogue founded on the supposition
>that all dialogue is a narrative act, and that this unique narrativity
>has not been adequately treated by scholars.
>This panel welcomes papers that consider dialogue:
>* As a formal practice in prose, drama, and poetry
>* As a mode of conflict resolution
>* As a significant, meaning-producing interaction between reader and
>* As intertextuality or historical influence
>* As exchanges among writers and readers
>* As attempts to recover forgotten writing by placing it in dialogue
>with canonical writing
>* Or as any other of the myriad ways that dialogue forms narrative
>While this panel proposes that we treat dialogue broadly, it also hopes
>to synthesize these approaches to reveal commonalities that will open
>onto a more manageable theory of dialogue.
>Please submit a 250-word proposal and a brief CV to Matthew Badura
><[log in to unmask]> by Friday, March 11, 2005.
>1020 Anderson Hall
>1114 W. Berks St.
>Philadelphia, PA 19122
>email: <[log in to unmask]>
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