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Mon Oct 25 2010

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Textes et Contextes (Jrnl)

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        1.     Laurent Gautier , Textes et Contextes

Message 1: Textes et Contextes
Date: 25-Oct-2010
From: Laurent Gautier <>
Subject: Textes et Contextes
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Full Title: Textes et Contextes

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 10-Nov-2010

Call for papers:Issue number 6 of online journal Textes et Contextes(Centre Interlangues, University of Burgundy)

Authoritarian discourse(s) and resistance in the twentieth century

Issue number 6 of Textes et Contextes (edited by EA 4182, CentreInterlangues, University of Burgundy) intends to reflect on the types ofdiscourse produced or imposed by totalitarian and, more generally,authoritarian regimes or by a dominant central power over its colonies, itsregions or its periphery. The issue will concentrate on the twentieth centurywithout any geographical limitation. Discourse is considered as a political toolin the service of power. Aspects which can be studied are its use and itsrhetoric as well as phenomena of propaganda linked to official discourse, ofmanipulation, of censorship, of self-censorship, etc.It can be suggested that authoritarian regimes also generate forms ofresistance, simultaneously with, and as a consequence of, authoritariandiscourse. Studies about the link between oppression and resistance inGermany, Italy and France have shown that 'oppressive or occupationregimes in Europe during the Second World War and their opponents belongto the same world' because they are born from the same culture, the samestate structures, the same social world and the same geostrategic world .Papers dealing with the spaces of freedom offered by the forms of resistanceborn in authoritarian contexts, with their dynamics, with the modalitiesthrough which they escape authority/authoritarianism (exile, creation,subversive forms of language, affirmation of individual or regional history tocounter official history...) will be welcome.Part of the volume will be devoted to the forms taken by propaganda and/orresistance in artistic creation (literature, painting, cinema...). Aspects whichcould be examined in this perspective include the notion of democracy (or itsabsence) within artistic forms, the relationships built up between the author(authority?) and the reader/spectator/viewer, the forms of persuasion used byartists and the reader/spectator/viewer's margin of freedom (of resistance?).In the particular instance of the novel, the works in which Nelly Wolfexamines the relationships between literature and politics (Le roman de ladémocratie, 2003) could provide useful tools for analysis. Wolf, consideringthat there exists an analogy between the novel and the principles on whichmodern democracy is based, coined phrases like 'the contractual novel' or'the novel as democracy'; such notions could offer fruitful ground for study.Following such analyses, papers could examine either how art produced indemocratic contexts can become a form of authoritarian discourse or,conversely, how art born in authoritarian contexts and constrained bycensorship manages to create internal democracy and therefore a form ofresistance.

Paper proposals (a one-page abstract with a maximum of five bibliographicalreferences) must be sent before November 10th 2010 at the followingaddress:

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