Tuesday, 25 October 2011

CFP: MAKING MISTAKES: MISLEADING AND MISINTERPRETED TEXTS IN LITERATURE, ARTS AND HISTORY

Although oxonian graduates of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages have been informed of this call for papers by e-mail, the I3MS is certain that people from other faculties and universities follow our blog. We are happy to see that graduate initiatives are flourishing at the University of Oxford and this is one of them.
MAKING MISTAKES: MISLEADING AND MISINTERPRETED TEXTS IN LITERATURE, ARTS AND HISTORY
Making mistakes is an essential part of any creative and interpretive activity: reading, writing, translating and engaging with texts in their different variations. As Victor Shklovskii's influential book The Energy of Delusion (1981) demonstrated, being wrong in literature is not always wrong. On the contrary, misinterpreting the author's intent and following the deceptive lead of the narrative has been surprisingly productive in many representative cases across various disciplines. Eliminating and analysing mistakes in literary texts, historical narratives and objects of art provides an insight into the phenomenology of creativity, as well as political, ideological and philosophical contexts of the works in question.
The seminar welcomes papers from across a wide range of periods, subjects and regions. Submissions from graduate students are most welcome. Please send your proposals of no more than 250 words (20-minute papers) to maria.pasholok@magd.ox.ac.uk or margarita.vaysman@wadh.ox.ac.uk by the 4th of December 2011 (papers to be presented in Hilary term) or the 12th of March 2012 (papers to be presented in Trinity term). If you would like to give a paper in Michaelmas term, please contact us asap. Chaired by Professor Andrei Zorin and organized by Maria M. Pasholok (Magdalen College), Margarita Vaysman (Wadham College).
This series of seminars is supported by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford.
We hope to see there some medievalists and familiar faces! For the official poster of the seminar, please click here.
 
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