Université de Picardie – Jules Verne, CORPUS (EA 4295)
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, CREA (EA 370)
Conference website: https://echo2017.wordpress.com
While the mythological figure of Narcissus has become a common topic in literature and the arts, Echo, the nymph, can hardly be said to have elicited the same amount of interest. And yet, although Echo cannot speak for herself and has consequently been overlooked in criticism, her voice might still be heard reverberating today, and be worth listening to. Indeed, the nymph who was sentenced by divine law to repeat part of another’s words might also produce new meaning through this very process of deferral and alteration. Beyond the stereotype of a disembodied and petrified shadow blending into the landscape, we would like to consider Echo as the epitome of literary (re)creation: although her discourse follows, rather than leads, it is always new and can thus undermine notions of authority and authorship. In the wake of John Hollander’s and Véronique Gély’s ground-breaking works, The Figure of Echo: A Mode of Allusion in Milton and After (1981), La Nostalgie du moi : Écho dans la littérature européenne (2000), this conference will study Echo’s mythological, acoustical and metaphorical manifestations in the specific field of British literature, across different genres (poetry, drama, essay-writing and fiction) and through different theoretical approaches, from the Renaissance to the present.
This topic will be studied from three different angles:
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
We welcome proposals for 25-minute papers (in English or in French) on the above-mentioned topics.
Please send abstracts of about 300 words, together with a short (100-word) author biography, to the organizers, Marie Laniel, Laetitia Sansonetti and Aurélie Thiria-Meulemans by 10 September 2016, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A selection of peer-reviewed articles based on papers given at the conference will be published in Polysemes: http://polysemes.revues.org.
Prof. Pascal Aquien
Prof. Christine Berthin
Prof. Camille Fort
Prof. Isabelle Gadoin
Prof. Véronique Gély
Dr. Florence Klein
Dr. Marie Laniel
Prof. Yves Peyré
Dr. Lacy Rumsey
Dr. Laetitia Sansonetti
Dr. Aurélie Thiria-Meulemans
Prof. Pascale Tollance