Call for contributions: Interface between Literature and Science
Call for Papers Date:
Contributions are invited for a collected volume Interface between Literature and Science: Cross-Disciplinary Mechanisms of Text Analysis
The boundaries of science and literature are permeable and crossed/illuminated by a variety of narrative forms and their interpretations. It can be argued that this crossing is most visible in modern Latin American literature. Notwithstanding the obvious connection between Jorge Luis Borges' literary themes and contemporary scientific discoveries a more general question should be asked: is the influence of scientific thought a privilege of the select few or is it indeed an all pervading experience in Latin American
literary narrative from late modernism to modern day?
The volume will examine how cutting edge scientific theories are reflected in, and/or influence contemporary works of Latin American authors. The essays will examine a selection of texts that (1) overtly incorporate scientific content; (2) are structured in such a way that immediately reminds the reader of a scientific phenomenon; and (3) are presented in such a way that a conventional literary analysis does not allow for a complete understanding of the text. The themes to be addressed include, but are not
limited to, the following:
1. Complexity as a mechanism behind diasporic cultural formations.
2. Mind-mapping and its affect upon emotions.
3. The representation of time: linear, non-linear, uncertainty of
4. The treatment of physical space: the effect of changing
space/environment (e.g. rural-urban-rural) on the characters and plotlines,
and the misalignment of space and the characters inhabiting it.
5. Textual space and its relationship with non-linear time.
Brief abstracts (250-300 words) in English should be sent to the
panel organiser, Dr. Victoria Carpenter, University of Derby, UK
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Please submit the abstracts by 1 May 2011.
Dr. Victoria Carpenter
Reader in Latin American Studies
University of Derby
Derby DE22 1GB
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