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Full Title: Pragmatic Approaches to Literary Analysis

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Billy Clark
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Meeting Description: Contributions are invited to a panel on ‘Pragmatic Approaches to Literary Analysis’ to be held at the 15th International Pragmatics Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, 16-21 July 2017.

Panel organisers: Dr Billy Clark (Middlesex University) and Professor Siobhan Chapman (University of Liverpool)

This panel will bring together researchers working with various frameworks of pragmatic theory, in order to consider what pragmatics can offer to our analysis, interpretation and evaluation of literary texts. As organisers, we will be inclusive in relation to pragmatic approaches, and frameworks for discussion may include but are not limited to: Gricean and neo-Gricean Theory, Relevance Theory, Speech Act Theory, Im/politeness Theory. The notion of ‘literariness’ will also be interpreted broadly, and we welcome submissions that focus on a wide range of genres: prose, poetry and drama, including film and TV drama. Within this broad structure, proposals are encouraged which make specific suggestions about how pragmatic theory can be applied to the analysis of a particular literary text or texts, or to understanding the more general processes of literary criticism and interpretation.

The aim of the panel is to consider a range of work that is currently being undertaken in relation to pragmatic approaches to literary analysis, and through discussion to consider possible future directions in the field. It will contribute to more general debates about pragmatic theory, too, since it will explore the analytic and explanatory potential of different theoretical approaches. The panel will necessarily highlight distinctions and contrasts between pragmatic theories. But it will also bring out complementarities, shared aims and assumptions, and ways in which different pragmatic theories might make different contributions to our understanding of literary texts.

For further inquiries, please contact the panel organisers:

Siobhan Chapman (
Billy Clark (
Linguistic Subfield: Ling & Literature; Pragmatics
LL Issue: 27.2900

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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