LINGUIST List 27.682

Thu Feb 04 2016

Calls: Ling & Literature/UK

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>


Date: 03-Feb-2016
From: Lizzie Stewart <Lizzie.stewartnottingham.ac.uk>
Subject: Experiencing Fictional Worlds: Where Does a Text Take the Reader?
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Full Title: Experiencing Fictional Worlds: Where Does a Text Take the Reader?

Date: 21-Jun-2016 - 21-Jun-2016
Location: Nottingham, UK, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Lizzie Stewart
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

The University of Nottingham - Stylistics and Discourse Analysis Reading Group are hosting a one-day symposium that will address the models and explorations of what it means to experience texts as well as the fundamental question of what is being experienced. We wish to address questions such as: What does it mean to experience a text? How does a reader access texts? How can texts make a reader feel? What is a text? What are fictional worlds and how do they work? What really happens when we read?

Postgraduate and early-career researchers with interests in this discipline are especially encouraged to participate.

Call for Papers:

Experience is a fundamentally human and personal phenomenon, something that lies at the heart of reading texts. Stylistics and narratology have laid the foundations for explaining what experiencing a text means, what the ‘feel’ of a certain story might be. In so doing, experientiality itself has become a subject of study.

Our 2014 symposium explored the nature of the literary reader. This year, we will develop this theme further by examining experientiality and text worlds. Researching what it means when readers experience fictional worlds will allow us to explore both the essence of experience and of the worlds created by texts more fully.

This symposium will address the models and explorations of what it means to experience texts as well as the fundamental question of what is being experienced. We wish to address questions such as: What does it mean to experience a text? How does a reader access texts? How can texts make a reader feel? What is a text? What are fictional worlds and how do they work? What really happens when we read?

Papers are invited for this one-day symposium. We are particularly looking for contributions that (1) explicitly attempt to link assumptions and practices, and (2) illustrate such links through specific textual analysis.
Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

- Reader response studies
- Storyworlds and world-building in fiction
- Characterisation and reader engagement
- Experiencing texts, embodiment and cognition
- Narrative transportation and immersion
- Other related topics at the intersection of reader, texts, and worlds.

Please submit an abstract of around 300 words, five keywords and a short 100-word biography by Friday 1 April, 2016. Please remember to include your name, affiliation, academic title and email address. Postgraduate and early-career researchers with interests in this discipline are especially encouraged to participate.

Abstract submissions should be included as a Word attachment and sent to stylistics-rgnottingham.ac.uk

Those who would like to attend the symposium without presenting a paper are welcome to do so and should confirm their attendance by email by Monday 2 May 2016. All participants will be notified by this date and online registration will be available shortly after.

The Stylistics & Discourse Analysis Reading Group
Email: stylistics-rgnottingham.ac.uk
Website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/cral/research-groups/sda/sdareadinggroup.aspx


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