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>Subject: CFP: Comparative Literature: Agency in/and/via Literature
>A conference at UC Berkeley, 10/21-22
>Hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature
>Featuring Keynote Speaker Rei Terada
>(English & Comp Lit, UC Irvine)
>But first! A call for your papers:
>The crisis, we think, has long since been declared. Critical theory,
>deconstruction, and the
>manifold critique of ideology, meant the lucid undoing of any
>complacent faith in human reason,
>progress, language, or consequence.
>In the wake of theories that question the very possibility of right
>action, "agency" has become
>both a catchword and an idea we can no longer take for granted.
>Although "agency" seems a
>contemporary term, the idea's antecedents share an expectation that
>human works and actions
>somehow engage social realities.
>We are seeking to understand the limits and possibilities of
>"agency" as manifest in literature
>We are calling for papers from graduate students, faculty, and
>unaffiliated scholars addressing,
>among others, these questions:
>ï Where do we locate agency in the interaction of reader, writer,
>text, and critic in literature?
>ï Why use agency as a point of literary inquiry? What are the
>consequences of not doing so? Might
>the discussion of agency in academia promote--or perhaps
>ï Does simply posing the question of "agency" presuppose a necessary
>interaction between literary
>and social/political questions? Can, do, or should we assume the
>existence of agency and its
>relevance to the study of literature?
>ï What are our contemporary notions of agency and their alleged
>contraries? How do they link to
>questions posed in other periods?
>ï If literature is deemed an aesthetic project, how does this status
>inflect our concept? Is
>aesthetics subordinate to the question of agency, or indispensable
>to it? How is agency treated
>differently in other disciplines?
>In the spirit of dialogic liveliness, we plan to make some
>modifications to the traditional
>conference format. Fun may occur. Snacks are a certainty. We look
>forward to meeting you and your
>Please send an abstract of about 500 words by August 4, 2005 to
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