CfP: „The Cultural Language(s) of Pain: European Literary Perspectives“, London (20.07.2018)

Call for Papers für die Konferenz „The Cultural Language(s) of Pain: European Literary Perspectives“ | University of London

Deadline Abstract: 20. Juli 2018 | Datum der Veranstaltung: 23.-24. November 2018


Call for Papers
The Cultural Language(s) of Pain: European Literary Perspectives

Conference Date: 23 & 24 November 2018
CFP deadline: Friday 20 July 2018.

Keynote Speakers: Dr Anna Elsner (University of Zurich) and Dr Maria Vaccarella (University of Bristol)
Language and culture play a key role in our understanding, experience and communication of pain. Yet it has become a commonplace that pain defies language – that it is such an intensely private and shattering experience that it presents a significant creative challenge to writers who seek to express, communicate and capture it. While much attention has been paid in recent years, particularly by those whose work is situated in the medical humanities, to the ways in which writers seek to overcome the creative challenge of pain, the focus has been on the Anglophone world. With the aim of forging a new international perspective on the language of pain that embraces the richness and diversity of European languages and literature, this event will examine the culturally-specific means by which writers, including patient-writers, in non-Anglophone European narratives, communicate the experience of being in pain. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

  • The cultural language(s) of pain in different European national and literary contexts
  • Figurative languages of pain (pain as entity, enemy, etc.) and their cultural contexts
  • Literary reflections on the relationship between pain, language and other expressive forms
  • Literary representations of the disruptive power of pain – to body, self, community, and language
  • Interpretations and functions of pain: (divine) punishment, test, expiation…
  • The aesthetics and/or semiotics of pain
  • Literary representations of clinical medicine’s handling of pain in different European contexts

Weitere Informationen: Comparative Literature Discussion List

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