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How do deconstruction and Frankfurt School Critical Theory think and write
about

literature? Over the last decades, the view that literature can be the
object of a

science or Wissenschaft has been questioned. Rather than seeing the world of

literary works as a more or less autonomous sphere that corresponds in
various

ways to social, economical, or anthropological realities, literature is
portrayed as a

linguistic practice capable of always undermining every theoretical view or

ontological thesis about what literature is or does.

This challenge to Literaturwissenschaft and philological knowledge
(Erkenntnis)

relies on thinkers in the tradition of both deconstruction and Frankfurt
School

Critical Theory, thinkers like Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Peter
Szondi,

Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthes. This panel

invites contributions that investigate and juxtapose these thinkers’
practices and

theories of reading and writing (about) literature.

How do the thinkers associated with the labels “Frankfurt School” and

“deconstruction” rely on specific linguistic practices in their critique of
the

philosophical tradition? What productive intersections or tenacious
differences can

be found in their concepts of language or textuality? What aesthetic and
literary

traditions do they invoke or criticize, and how do their interventions work
with

certain literary forms, genres, and authors? In view of these and other
questions,

literature offers a stage on which the various ambitions and models of

literary theory and philosophical aesthetics can be brought into
conversation.

Chairs: Geoffrey Wildanger (Brown University) and Dennis Johannssen (Brown

University).


Please submit an abstract of 250 words by September 15, 2016 to

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This CFP is online at: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16463.


yours,
Geoffrey Wildanger
Department of Comparative Literature
Brown University

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