SOCIAL CONTEXT OF LITERARY PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
Workshop Three: 27-28 May 2004 (Venue: BG05, SOAS)
Prof. Michel Hockx (Chinese, SOAS)
Dr. George Paizis (French, UCL)
Dr. Doug McCabe
This is the third workshop of the research project “The Social Context of Literary Production and Consumption”, led by Prof Michel
Hockx (Chinese, SOAS) and Dr George Paizis (French, UCL) under the aegis of the AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures.
The first two workshops, devoted respectively to literary education and to reading and literary criticism, examined specific aspects
of literary communities. The aim of this third workshop is to discuss literary communities as a whole, i.e. to ask questions about
how literature is socially embedded in different countries, different cultures and/or different historical periods.
The workshop organisers actively encourage specialists in all literatures (i.e. not just Asian and African literatures) to submit
proposals, in order to achieve the widest possible comparative perspectives.
We invite proposals for 25-minute papers dealing with one or more of the following questions:
How can literary communities be described? What theories, methods or models are available to study literary communities?
What are the hierarchies of publishers, publications and/or editions within the literary community?
What is the role of writers’ collectives (societies, associations, clubs, salons) within the literary community?
What is the role of reading groups within the literary community?
What is the role of the academy within the literary community?
What other individuals and institutions are involved in the literary community, and how do they interact?
What are the relations of the literary communities with the state and conversely how does the state try to influence or constrain
the activities of the literary community?
The workshop will be held in London. There are no fees, and accommodation is provided for speakers. Unfortunately, we normally are
not able to offer any assistance with travel funding.
Paper proposals should be no longer than one page (typed A4) and should be sent by e-mail to Dr Douglas McCabe, firstname.lastname@example.org, at
the Centre by 15 March 2004.
Further information about the Centre and the research projects it currently supports can be found at
AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures at UCL and SOAS
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