Modern Language Association of America
Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, 27-30 December 2009
SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSAL AND CALL FOR PAPERS
"The Ear & the Aural in Early Modern French Poetry"
In Early Modern Europe, the printing press, the revered ut pictura poesis, the Paragone, the vogue of emblems, and Neoplatonic thought among other things appear to have fostered a dominance of the eye, if not the supremacy of sight as the superior sense. Yet poetry remembers its formerly sung and mythically oracular nature, and struggles with its affinities with oratory. What role, then, do the ear and hearing play as a polysemous motif in French poetry? What about the oral and aural channels as a valued medium for the cognitive, rhetorical, political, aesthetic and philosophical workings of poetry, in the 15th through 17th centuries?
Please send 500-word abstracts (for a 15- to 20-minute paper) in French or English to: Corinne Noirot-Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org, by March 1, 2008.
(Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent in April)
Dr. Corinne Noirot-Maguire
Foreign Languages & Literatures
333 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Tel: 540-231-8563 Email: email@example.com
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