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A symposium on constructing character and identity

in real and fictional worlds

10th May 2019

Language allows us to engage with others and provides a means through which we can project and reveal our character and identity to the world. It also provides a means through which we can attribute the characteristics of other people, both real and fictional. We regard literary and everyday use of language as a continuum and we are interested in research that spans the interface between literary and non-literary texts. Our symposium, therefore, seeks to explore questions such as:

• What are the similarities, continuities, and differences in the representations of real-life and fictional people?

• Can textual representations of real people and fictional characters be analysed in the same way?

• What can literary and non-literary disciplines learn from each other’s approaches?

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers and are particularly looking for contributions that explicitly attempt to link assumptions and/or practices from related disciplines and illustrate such links through specific textual analysis.

Relevant approaches include (but are not limited to):

• Stylistics

• Cognitive poetics

• (Critical) Discourse analysis

• Pragmatics

• Sociolinguistics

Those interested in participating should submit an abstract of around 300 words and up to five keywords by Friday 1st February 2019. Abstracts should be submitted as a Word attachment and sent to alice.haines@nottingham.ac.uk (please remember to include your name and affiliation).

Participants will be notified by Friday 1st March and registration will be open from this date.

The Stylistics & Discourse Analysis Reading Group