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>Subject: CFP: Comparative Literature: Agency in/and/via Literature 
>(8/4/05; 10/21/05-10/22/05)
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>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
>and criticism.
>
>We are calling for papers from graduate students, faculty, and 
>unaffiliated scholars addressing,
>among others, these questions:
>
> Where do we locate agency in the interaction of reader, writer, 
>text, and critic in literature?
>
> 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 
>mask--ethical projects?
>
> 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?
>
> What are our contemporary notions of agency and their alleged 
>contraries? How do they link to
>questions posed in other periods?
>
> 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
>work.
>Please send an abstract of about 500 words by August 4, 2005 to 
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