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):
• Cognitive poetics
• (Critical) Discourse analysis
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (please remember to include your name and affiliation).
Participants will be notified by Friday 1st March and registration will be open from this date.