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>From: "Gerd Bayer" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: The 17th-Century Making of the Novel (3/10/06; MLA '06)
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>The 17th-Century Making of the Novel (Proposed Special Session)
>MLA Annual Conference
>27-30 December 2006, Philadelphia, PA
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>Proposals are invited for a special session, to be proposed to the
>2006 MLA Conference in Philadelphia
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>The 17th-Century Making of the Novel
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>When the novel ìroseî in the wake of Defoeís 1719 publication of Robinson
>Crusoe, it could already look back on a substantial history of prose
>writing. The novelís rise was not only from the ashes of its precursors, but
>also from the subtle narrative novelties of earlier decades. Within the
>pre-history of the novel, numerous aspects of the novel as a genre-to-come
>were already taking shape. In its narrative structure, implied readership,
>and its self-positioning on the poiesis-mimesis axis, seventeenth-century
>prose (and drama) created an audience for the eighteenth-century novel.
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>This panel will study the making of the novel-as-genre in the seventeenth
>century. With this aim in mind, papers are sought which investigate
>questions such as (but not limited to) the following:
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>    *  How does 17th-century literature anticipate the novelís narrative
>perspectives?
>    *  What kind of implied reader does it inscribe?
>    *  How does it position itself between realism and imagination?
>    *  How do questions of gender shape its authors, readers, and characters?
>    *  What paratextual features characterize 17th-century narratives?
>    *  How is the tradition of the romance subverted?
>    *  To what extent are moments of heteroglossia present?
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>Please send e-mail enquiries with two-page abstracts by 10 March 2006 to:
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>gerd_bayer_AT_hotmail.com
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>	     Dr. Gerd Bayer
>	     Department of English
>	     Erlangen University (Germany)
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