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>Subject: CFP: Europeans Writing the Mezzogiorno (5/1/05; collection)
>From: Yves CLAVARON <[log in to unmask]>
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>Europeans Writing the Mezzogiorno
>University of Saint-Etienne (FRANCE)
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>Centre d'Etudes sur les Litt╚ratures Etrang╦res  et Compar╚es
>http://celec.univ-st-etienne.fr
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>     An archetype of travel narratives, the Italian Tour has been a permanent
>feature of European literature since the Renaissance up until today.
>Anglo-Saxons have played a significant  role in this tradition, whether it
>is the Grand Tour or its touristic counterpart, the Thomas Cook tour. But
>German and French writers have  travelled widely throughout  Italy  too and
>have got involved in a genre which has become the paradigm of the training
>tour in Western culture. Yet, many  a traveller only went as far as Rome,
>thus stopping at what was long regarded as the border of civilisation. äHow
>can one possibly be from the South?ż wondered Faulkner. The same question
>can be asked concerning Italy.
>     We wish to examine the role played by the southermost part of Italy Ń
>from Naples to Sicily, including Sardinia Ń in the traveller's experience.
>The Mezzogiorno has long been seen, even by Italians themselves, as a
>border-region where cultural otherness was much more sensitive than in the
>rest of the peninsula. This European region, henceforth subjected to mass
>tourism, has actually kept a high degree of cultural difference, and this
>encounter with otherness may have played a role in the construction of the
>traveller's identity as well as in his/her artistic approach as a writer.
>     The Mezzogiorno  is first a territory  widely-travelled by European
>writers  and, as such, the object of travel relationships. But it has also
>become a literary theme in fiction, poetry or drama, often understood and
>exposed through a classical intertext or historical perspectives. It aims at
>reviving the Magna Graecia or rediscovering cultures long disappeared born
>out of the successive waves of invaders who colonised and cross-fertilised
>this land. The Mezzogiorno is also represented in films; the studies will
>thus be about as diverse genres as possible and concern a period spanning
>the Renaissance to the present day, but without excluding older periods (The
>Middle Ages and Antiquity). The corpus of the works studied will be
>European, possibly American (Southern and Northern). The Italian
>perspective, notably the Northern vision of the South, will be considered.
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>In order to complete  a publication in French and Italian  about ┤ Europeans
>writing the Mezzogiorno ¬, we  are looking for papers in English.
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>Deadlines :
>May 1st, 2005 :   submission of a 500-word project
>If the project  is accepted :
>October 1st, 2005 : submission of the full paper
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>Please send to : Yves Clavaron :  [log in to unmask]
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