LINGUIST List 31.1975

Tue Jun 16 2020

Confs: Gen Ling, Ling & Lit/Italy

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Date: 16-Jun-2020
From: Elena Gallo <>
Subject: 'Celui qui parle, c’est aussi important !' Forms and variations of author-function in linguistics, philology, and literature
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'Celui qui parle, c’est aussi important !' Forms and variations of author-function in linguistics, philology, and literature

Date: 25-Mar-2021 - 26-Mar-2021
Location: Udine, Italy
Contact: Elena Gallo
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Ling & Literature

Meeting Description:

This conference focuses on the forms and variations of author-function in three disciplines, namely linguistics, philology, and literature.

Since the 1960s there has been much critical reflection on the figure of the author, and this has been analysed from several angles in linguistic and literary studies (see Burke 1992; Couturier 1995; Compagnon 2012) as well as more recent forms of web writing in the wake of the digital revolution. First, structuralism and Saussurian theory laid the groundwork for the renewal of Literary theory. The “death of the author” propounded by Barthes (1961) offered the chance to redefine the essence, the role and the status of the author. The first person to accept this challenge was Michel Foucault, during his lecture Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur? at Collège de France, on 22 February 1969. Setting aside individual and subjective components, Foucault defined the author as a real “function”, either discernible in some specific spaces (name, “position” with regard to his/her work, and appropriation and attribution) or leaning towards shared discursivity, independently from the original subject, thereby highlighting the complex and articulate nature of the author (1969).

Beyond the limits of historical and ideologically connoted analysis, debate on the matter is far from settled. On the contrary, the authorial question offers food for thought in different fields of linguistics, philology and literature. If the modern concept of author called for reflection on Beckett’s provocative “qu’importe qui parle?”, even today the number of issues that can be investigated in relation to the author prove how important this is for all three aforementioned disciplines.

Program Information:

The conference will take place in Udine on 25 - 26 March 2021.

Three keynote speakers, one for each sector of the conference, are expected. Further information will be provided soon.

Further information about the programme will also be provided soon.

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