Call For Papers

Proposal are solicited for the Seminar: “Complex Chronos. The Place and
Pace of Time in Eighteenth-century Writing.” XIII International Congress
for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS). July 25-29, 2011 Graz (AUSTRIA)

Francesca Saggini (Universita’ della Tuscia, Italy // University of
Glasgow, UK) [log in to unmask]

In a famous Pride and Prejudice quip, the Austen narrator ironically
remarks, “Yet time and her aunt moved slowly.” The trope highlights an
important dimension of Time as an actor of human life and of writing. As
a major presence –performed, evoked, experienced, displaced, counted and
recounted– Time accompanies the forms and phases of both composition and
consumption -now stealthily, now with (intentionally) heavy steps. After
all, as the arch-chrononaut Tristram Shandy knows only too well, Time is
Writing (and the other way round). The seminar will be addressing from
three contiguous approaches some of the ways in which chronos literally,
figuratively and stylistically shapes eighteenth-century writing: the
time of the discourse; time-based writings; the times of reading and

Suggested topics of discussion may include, but are by no means limited
to, the following:

i.      Time travels: flashbacks, digressions, slow-motions, black holes,
rewindings and intradiscoursive retellings; the figures of repetition;
metadiscursive signals.

ii.     Time-, date- and calendar-based writings (and paintings):
installments and series; historical registers, magazines, newspapers,
and similar periodical publications; real and fictionalized diaries,
journals and other chronologically-organized narratives; season and
seasonal writings.

iii.    With time (and pen) in hand: the time(s) of writing and reading.

Proposals for Papers must be sent to the congress office from October
2010 to January 31, 2011. Proposals are welcome in English; proposals in
French will be considered. Please, cc my address in all correspondence
with the Congress Office.

The preliminary program will be online on October 1, 2010. The
Conference site may be accessed at

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