Monday, November 1, 2010

CFP Tunisia Conference (Apr 2011)

University of Jendouba (Tunisia)
Higher Institute for Human Sciences
Department of English

Call for Papers
Rewriting, Again
April, 13-14 2011

The topic of our international conference this year is REWRITING, which was the focus of our last year’s study day. Owing to the success of the study day, there has been a common agreement among all colleagues and the study day participants that a one-day study day is not enough to cover this multifaceted topic which has innumerable ramifications and touches on all forms of discourse production/interpretation and concerns all disciplines ranging from Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, Literary Theory, History of Ideas, Discourse studies…

To rewrite is to write again, to act on a written record from a different sensibility, ideology and perspective. Along with the general democratisation process that characterises most societies today helped by Globalisation and the revolution it brought about in ICTs, the voices which have been up to now silenced are making themselves heard. History and knowledge are no longer the monopoly of one group, and a whole corpus of established canonical textual institutions is being challenged. André Lefevere rightfully states that "[a]ll rewritings, whatever their intention, reflect a certain ideology and a poetics" (Lefevere 1992b: vii). This rewriting is necessarily manipulative of the already written discourse to "function in a given society in a given way" (ibid.). Whether deliberately or inadvertently, a text is the result of self-rewriting, or a rewriting of another text, through inter-textual affiliation, or through premeditated attempts at reshaping existing sources. It follows that more and more artistic, literary and ideological trends have undertaken rewriting with a more conscious and serious attitude, as a way to rectify, alter or even contest the canonical authority of tradition.

The construct of rewriting has also gained ground with the common agreement among all literary approaches today that the role of the reader in constructing meaning is central. We moved from a situation where the reader's responsibility lies at best in exploring authorial intention, to a situation where the reader is an inevitable partner of the author in constructing meaning, and finally to a situation where the author is denied any authority over meaning before reading takes place.

Starting from these assumptions, our conference welcomes scholars and writers who wish to contribute papers that embark on the following issues:
Rewriting and Inter-textual connections.
Rewriting, political reform and/or political repression.
Rewriting history.
Rewriting and correction.
Tradition, authority, and rewriting.
The reader/reader response and rewriting.
Rewriting and empowering.
Post-structuralism and re-writing
Discourse studies and rewriting.
Linguistics and rewriting
Rewriting, translation and translation theories.
Rewriting and religious authority.
Rewriting in feminist tradition.
Creative writing and rewriting.
Rewriting and postcolonial theory
Rewriting and religious revisionism

Please e-mail your 300-word abstract before the February 28, 2011 to:

N. B. The organisers offer accommodation to all participants except those who live in Jendouba in a lovely hotel in the forest of Ain Draham.

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