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Full Title: The Reader in Stylistics: Real, Ideal or Implied…?

Location: Nottingham, United Kingdom
Start Date: 24-Jun-2014 - 24-Jun-2014
Contact: Davide Castiglione
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: This symposium addresses the methods and assumptions of research that deals with theoretical, empirical and real readers, and the bearing these may have on subsequent analytical practice. It aims to explore questions such as: What are the relative merits of speculative and empirical accounts? Is stylistic practice enriched or overcrowded by the co-existence of differently conceived readers? How successful are emergent analytic methodologies in accessing the interpretations and experiences of readers?

The reader at the heart of stylistics is a somewhat contentious concept. In narratology and semiotics theoretical readers abound, from the perfect reader, superreader, implied, ideal and model reader to interpretive communities and ghosts. As stylistics has evolved, the influence of cognitive and corpus methodologies has prompted discussion of an empiricised reader, while in cognitive poetics a concern for the 'real reader' is viewed as central to the effective analysis of literary texts. These different types of reader raise serious questions for the theory and practice of stylistics. Do all of these readers exist? More importantly perhaps, how do we get at them?

Those who would like to attend the symposium without presenting a paper are welcome to do so and should confirm their attendance by email to by Thursday, 1 May. All participants will be notified by this date and online registration will be available shortly after. There is no registration fee; however, places are limited.

The conference is sponsored by the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA).

Davide Castiglione
Yaxiao Cui
Arwa Hasan
Jessica Mason
Lorenzo Mastropierro
Louise Nuttall
Jennifer Sanchez-Davies
Lizzie Stewart
Linguistic Subfield: Ling & Literature
LL Issue: 25.893

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