CfP: The Verbal Text & National Literary Historiography, 10-12 November 2016, London, Deadline 01 April 2016

The Verbal Text & National Literary Historiography
An Interdisciplinary Conference

10-12 November 2016
Queen Mary University of London

Call for Papers
Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2016


aquotesSustained attention to the place of the verbal text in national literary historiographies is long overdue. In many parts of the world colonization, imported religious traditions, and globalization have framed what has come to be validated as ‘Literature’. Yet in almost every society, rich, inter-dependent relationships between oral aesthetics and print cultures continue to exist. In autochthonous cultures, orature itself is an archive, recording histories and cultural practice, but orature does not only persist in older forms: oral forms do not merely survive, but continue to adapt and thrive in new technological and social contexts. For many contemporary poets, performers, and artists, the verbal text is a living medium, influenced by present concerns and global styles yet often reflecting the role of orature…

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