[Msa-discuss] CFP SCLA 2014: "Nuance" (St Petersburg, FL, Oct 10-12, 2014; deadline 5/12/14).

SCLA Conference sclaconference at eckerd.edu
Fri Mar 7 12:30:13 EST 2014

Call for Papers for the 40th Annual Conference of the SCLA (Society for
Comparative Literature and the Arts) to be held October 10-12, 2014, at
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL. Abstract deadline: 5/12/14

Conference theme: "Nuance."

Keynote Speaker: Wayne Koestenbaum (Distinguished Professor, Graduate
Center, City University of New York, author of My 1980s & Other Essays,
Humiliation, The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of
Desire, and other works)

For Roland Barthes, nuance named "an ethical project." "I want to live
according to nuance," he declared. But what is nuance, and what
possibilities might it open up for thinking about the arts and humanities
today? What role might it play in interpretation, in teaching and
scholarship, in reading and writing? Wayne Koestenbaum, the keynote speaker
for this conference, suggests that nuance appears as "a trace, like dust on
plush, [that] resuscitates a lost instant when someone...raptly concentrated
on a stray interpretive detail." What does it mean to care about nuance, to
overlook it, to suppress it? In addition to an ethics of nuance, might we
speak of a politics, an aesthetics, a history of nuance?

At the 2014 SCLA conference we will explore what it means to read for (and
with) nuance. Welcome avenues of inquiry could include the ethics of
interpretation; translation and its vicissitudes; memory, trauma, and the
trace; the pleasures of the text; mimicry and insubordination; queer
identifications and misidentifications; (out)laws of genre; margins and
marginality; aesthetic categories; affect; silence, illegibility, the
intractable, the neutral; styles of reading (close, distant, surface);
nuance and the consumer society; criticism and creativity.

Panel and paper proposals related to the conference theme especially
encouraged, but all topics welcome. Please submit paper and panel proposals
by May 12, 2014 at www.eckerd.edu/scla. Graduate students submitting a
paper proposal may also apply for an SCLA Travel Scholarship (guidelines
provided on paper proposal form). The conference also plans to include two
undergraduate sessions and welcomes undergraduate proposals.
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