Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0126.  Monday, 19 February 1996.

From:           Dominic Rainsford <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 16 Feb 1996 09:57:52 +0000
Subject:        Call for Papers

************************** CALL FOR PAPERS ***************************

                        LITERATURE AND ETHICS

                     An International Conference

             University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 4-7 July 1996

  '[T]he word "ethics" seems to have replaced "textuality" as the most
  charged term in the vocabulary of contemporary literary and cultural
  theory' (Steven Connor, TLS, 5 January 1996).

Speakers to include: Steven Connor (Birkbeck College, London; *Postmodernist
Culture*, *Theory and Cultural Value*), Simon Critchley (U of Essex; *The
Ethics of Deconstruction*), Geoffrey Galt Harpham (Tulane U; *The Ascetic
Imperative*, *Getting It Right*, "Ethics" in the new ed. of *Critical Terms for
Literary Study*), Dan Jacobson (University College London; South African
novelist and critic; *Adult Pleasures*), Laurence Lockridge (New York U; *The
Ethics of Romanticism*), Ian MacKillop (U of Sheffield; recent biography of F R
Leavis), Christopher Norris (U of Cardiff; *What's Wrong with Postmodernism*,
*Truth and the Ethics of Criticism*, etc.), Leona Toker (Hebrew University of
Jerusalem; *Commitment in Reflection: Essays in Literature and Moral
Philosophy*), Ricardo Miguel Alfonso (U Rovira i Virgili), Anne Cubilie
(Georgetown U), Philip Davis (U of Liverpool), Andrew Gibson (U of London,
Royal Holloway), Juliet John (U of Liverpool), Willy Maley (Glasgow U), Norman
Ravvin (U of Toronto), Ceri Sullivan (University of Wales, Bangor), Valeria
Wagner (U de Geneve).

Papers are invited from all points-of-view within this currently lively area of
debate.  You may wish directly to relate literary texts or theories to the
discipline or discourses of moral philosophy, or you may wish to examine
literary study, itself, in terms of engagement or social value.  Sessions may
include: Theories of Literature and Ethics; Ethics-Oriented Readings of
Specific Texts; Ethics and Post-Structuralism; The State of Humanism; Ethics v.
Politics; Ethical Criticism and Queer Theory; Literature, Ethics, and Feminism;
Texts as Reflections of Moral Concern or Agents of Moral Change; The Author as
Moralist; Criticism and Current Human Crises.

Please send abstracts (200-300 words) by 15 March 1996 to the following
address (to which any enquiries should also be sent):

                Dr Dominic Rainsford
                Department of English
                University of Wales
                SY23 3DY

Direct Line: (01970) 622213 / +44-1970-622213
Fax: (01970) 622530 / +44-1970-622530
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstracts may be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail.

Extensive information about Aberystwyth, the University, and the Department
of English is available on the World-Wide Web:


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