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Seminar 2016

Contemporary Perspectives on Media and Genre Interactions Call for papers In the symposium in Leuven we would like to explore the influence of the ever-transforming media landscape on literary genres. How do media affect and change literary genres? Which new literary genres emerge under the influence of other media? And what is the influence of transmediality and convergence culture on comparative literary studies? Another set of questions relates to genre as a classification instrument in both literature and other media. Do accepted terms like drama, comedy… but also autofiction mean the same thing in different media e.g., literature or television? This question can be explored from a diachronic or a synchronic perspective: how do genres change under the influences of developments in media culture (e.g., the invention of print, film, television and internet)? How do specific genres (e.g. thriller, western, detective…) relate to or differ from each other in various media (film, literature, TV)? What about remediation: how do new media affect existing genres in ‘older’ media and vice versa? A third line of questioning is a set of specific concepts in recent critical discourse that are related to but that also transcend genre. More specifically, we are thinking about the notion of seriality that re-emerges in contemporary literature, maybe under the influence of television series, and raises questions about older forms of seriality. A second theme is the blurring of reality and fiction in a transmedial context: how does it differ from older forms of such blurring boundaries in literature, for instance in the context of postmodernism? We welcome papers from various disciplines and literatures but strongly encourage papers that have a distinct comparative literary approach and embrace interdisciplinarity. Fee: 300 € per student (covers hostel, lunch, conference dinner and coffee breaks). Organisation: Anneleen Masschelein, Heidi Peeters and Gert-Jan Meyntjens Please send you proposal (500 words) before February 26, 2016 to gertjan.meyntjens@kuleuven.be Heidi.Peeters@arts.kuleuven.be Reading List Alber, Jan and Hansen Per Krogh (eds.). Beyond Classical Narration: Transmedial and Unnatural Challenges (Narratologia). 2014. Bolter, David Jay and Richard Grusin. Remediation. Understanding New Media. 2000. Collins, Jim. Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture. 2010. Flusser, Vilém. "The Future of Writing." 2004. Genette, Gérard. Introduction à L'Architexte. 1979. Gripsrud, Jostein. Understanding Media Culture. 2002. Hutchheon, Linda. A Theory of Adaptation. 2006. - . A Poetics of Postmodernism. 1988. Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. 2006. Kittler, Friedrich. Gramophone, Film, Typewriter. 1999. Letourneux, Matthieu. "Serializing Imports and Importing Series: France and Foreign Mass-Produced Fiction." 2014. McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media. 1964. Mittell, Jason. Complex TV. 2015. Ryan, Marie-Laure. Narrative across Media: The Languages of Storytelling. 2004. - . Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory. 1992. Ryan, Marie-Laure and Marina Grishakova (eds.). Intermediality and Storytelling (Narratologia). 2010.

Contemporary Perspectives on Media and Genre Interactions 

Call for papers

 

In the symposium in Leuven we would like to explore the influence of the ever-transforming media landscape on literary genres. How do media affect and change literary genres? Which new literary genres emerge under the influence of other media? And what is the influence of transmediality and convergence culture on comparative literary studies?

Another set of questions relates to genre as a classification instrument in both literature and other media. Do accepted terms like drama, comedy… but also autofiction mean the same thing in different media e.g., literature or television? This question can be explored from a diachronic or a synchronic perspective: how do genres change under the influences of developments in media culture (e.g., the invention of print, film, television and internet)? How do specific genres (e.g. thriller, western, detective…) relate to or differ from each other in various media (film, literature, TV)? What about remediation: how do new media affect existing genres in ‘older’ media and vice versa?

A third line of questioning is a set of specific concepts in recent critical discourse that are related to but that also transcend genre. More specifically, we are thinking about the notion of seriality that re-emerges in contemporary literature, maybe under the influence of television series, and raises questions about older forms of seriality. A second theme is the blurring of reality and fiction in a transmedial context: how does it differ from older forms of such blurring boundaries in literature, for instance in the context of postmodernism?

We welcome papers from various disciplines and literatures but strongly encourage papers that have a distinct comparative literary approach and embrace interdisciplinarity.

Fee: 300 € per student (covers hostel, lunch, conference dinner and coffee breaks).

Organisation: Anneleen Masschelein, Heidi Peeters and Gert-Jan Meyntjens

Please send you proposal (500 words) before February 26, 2016 to

gertjan.meyntjens@kuleuven.be

Heidi.Peeters@arts.kuleuven.be

 

Reading List    

Alber, Jan and Hansen Per Krogh (eds.). Beyond Classical Narration: Transmedial and Unnatural Challenges (Narratologia). 2014.

Bolter, David Jay and Richard Grusin. Remediation. Understanding New Media. 2000.

Collins, Jim.  Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture. 2010.

Flusser, Vilém. "The Future of Writing." 2004.

Genette, Gérard. Introduction à L'Architexte. 1979.

Gripsrud, Jostein. Understanding Media Culture. 2002.

Hutchheon, Linda. A Theory of Adaptation. 2006.

-                 . A Poetics of Postmodernism. 1988.

Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. 2006.

Kittler, Friedrich. Gramophone, Film, Typewriter. 1999.

Letourneux, Matthieu. "Serializing Imports and Importing Series: France and Foreign Mass-Produced Fiction." 2014.

McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media. 1964.

Mittell, Jason. Complex TV. 2015.

Ryan, Marie-Laure. Narrative across Media: The Languages of Storytelling. 2004.

                  -                 . Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory. 1992.

Ryan, Marie-Laure and Marina Grishakova (eds.). Intermediality and Storytelling (Narratologia). 2010.

                  

Hermes 2015: Author, Authorship, and Authority in the Age of Cultural Studies and New Media

Hermes seminar 2015

  

Charles University in Prague, June 14 to June 19, 2015

In the past decades, the interest in the textuality, contexts, readership, historicity or materiality of literary production has overshadowed an important area of literary studies focused on the author, authorship and authority. The present time, marked by the predominance of cultural studies and profound changes effected by the new media, their interactive nature and their impact on our understanding of authenticity, originality and intellectual property, invites us to reconsider the status, meaning and potentialities of author-oriented approaches.

 

Starting from the Prague Structuralism discussions of authorship in terms of intentionality and “semantic gesture,” Wayne Booth’s “implied author,” E.D. Hirsch’s hermeneutics and Michel Foucault’s concept of a historically developing, discursive “author-function,” the author-oriented approaches can be discussed in view of a number of thematic areas and from various conceptual perspectives, for instance:

 

  • literariness
  • rhetoric and transformation of humanistic philological agenda
  • fiction and fictionality  
  • gender studies
  • identity and psychoanalysis
  • autobiographical fiction, disease narratives and life writing
  • postcolonial and diasporic studies   
  • authorship and intellectual property
  • constructivist approaches
  • collective authorship
  • new media studies
  • ethical turn
  • autobiographical studies
  • historical approaches
  • literary sociology

 

Papers confronting the approaches based on the notions of intention, literariness, identity, gender, posture, etc., with the reconfiguration of authorship in the age of the new media are especially welcome.