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>Subject: CFP: Literary Odysseys: The Journey 
>in/of Literature (grad) (11/1/06; 
>2/23/07-2/24/07)
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>CALL FOR PAPERS
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>"Literary Odysseys"
>Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference: February 23 and 24, 2007
>Website: Colorado.edu/comparativeliterature/literaryodysseys
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>Plenary Speakers:
>Daniel Schwarz (Cornell University)
>Helmut M¸ller-Sievers (Northwestern University)
>
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>
>The graduate students of the University of Colorado at Boulder's Department of
>Comparative Literature and Humanities invite paper proposals on the topic of
>"Literary Odysseys."
>
>This conference will investigate various ways of thinking about the theme and
>figure of the journey.  The journey has been and continues to be a thematic
>cornerstone in every age and in every literature, from epic to lyric, from
>Biblical exegesis to deconstruction, from poiesis to pop art.  The journey can
>be located at the center of Comparative Literature, insofar as the field
>defines itself by its rejection of traditional borders, whether they be
>national, linguistic, temporal, or disciplinary.  This motif offers ways to
>transgress these many boundaries, to cross these 
>many thresholds.  In all of its
>literal and figurative senses, the journey helps 
>us to identify and address the
>diverse complexities challenging us in our reading, research, and writing.
>Please join us for an exploration of this compelling subject, and an inquiry
>into how it illuminates the discourses of comparative studies.
>
>Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts relating to one of the
>following panel subjects.  If more than one subject seems interesting, you may
>send multiple abstracts, but we will, however, accept only one paper per
>student.  Please be aware that if your paper is accepted, we might not be able
>(because of organizational issues) to place it on the panel you requested.  A
>prize will be awarded for best essay.
>
>-- Allegorical journeys in the classical epic
>-- Metapherein and the traversal of tropes
>-- Nostalgia and the voyage home
>-- Literal and figurative wanderings in the literature of exile
>-- Travel journals and their depictions of the foreign and domestic
>-- Travel and the widening of perspectives
>-- The (trans)formative journey
>-- Crossing into unknown realms: Textualizing the unconscious
>-- The passage from one language to another
>-- Gender journeys
>-- Theorizing the journey and the journey of theory
>-- A veritable inquiry: Literature and the quest for truth
>-- Paths toward revelation, apocalypse, telos
>-- Aperture and closure
>-- Cultures (and their art) over time
>-- Life's journey and its depictions in film, visual arts, literature
>-- The creative process and the rendering of artistic experience
>-- Ambiguities and the liminal position
>-- Movement in, through, and out of time
>-- The transgressive journey
>-- Declarations of artistic innovation
>-- "Is our discipline still alive?" The path of Comparative Literature
>
>Abstracts (and papers) should be in English. 
>Presentations should be 20 minutes
>and no longer.  Email abstracts of 250 words to [log in to unmask] Please
>include a Word attachment AND paste the abstract 
>into the email, with the title
>of the panel you are applying to as the email's 
>subject.  Both the abstract and
>email should include the author's name, affiliation, full address and phone
>number, proposed title of each paper, and the 
>titles of each panel to which the
>student is applying (i.e. if sending two abstracts, clearly indicate to which
>panel each one relates).  Also, please indicate if you will require
>technological support during your presentation.
>
>Visit our website at www.Colorado.edu/comparativeliterature/literaryodysseys
>
>Submission Deadline: November 1, 2006
>
>Send abstracts to [log in to unmask]
>
>We look forward to seeing you next spring.  In 
>addition to the conference panels
>and plenary speeches by two distinguished 
>scholars, participants are invited to
>a welcoming breakfast on Friday morning, a cocktail reception with free
>appetizers in downtown Boulder on Friday night, and a final reception on
>Saturday evening.  Between papers and events, you will also have a chance to
>enjoy all that Boulder has to offer. Located at the foot of the Flatiron
>Mountain Range, and home to gorgeous hiking trails and bike paths, as well as
>great restaurants, bars, and cafes, Boulder is a cultural center in the midst
>of a sublime natural setting.

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