Monday, December 07, 2009

CFP: The Materiality of Texts

CFP: The Materiality of Texts
Location: Quebec, Canada

Papers are invited on any aspect of the materiality of texts, such as:

• The monied text and the players: Incentive, rewards, careers, publication, performance, exchange—what are the human motivations behind textual production?

• The mirror and the private reader: Far from critical hierarchies, individuals turn to texts of all sorts and discover themselves. What and how can we learn about the value of texts to specific readers other than ourselves?

• The fluid text and the scholarly editor: How do variants affect the significance of a work? How should one represent and organize the different incarnations of a text?

• Intersections in method: Bibliography and cultural studies both take the “materiality of texts” as a starting point but trace noticeably different trajectories. How might these different fields of contemporary scholarship fruitfully learn from one another?

Submissions, in English or French, should include the following: • A proposal (max. 700 words) or a complete paper (max. 8–10 pp. double-spaced)
• An information sheet including: name, professional designation (professor, doctoral candidate, etc.), institutional affiliation, email address, abstract (100 words), bio (50 words), A/V requirements (if any)
Eli MacLaren
Bibliographical Society of Canada

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