PALA conference "Interdisciplinary Stylistics", July 19-22, 2017

Interdisciplinary Stylistics

37th Annual Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, July 19-22, 2017, West Chester, PA.

Stylistics has been an interdisciplinary enterprise since its infancy, emerging in the intersection between literary criticism and linguistics.  M.A.K Halliday’s functionalist approach to the study of language led to the expansion of the scope of stylistics so as to incorporate social-semiotic concerns and methodologies and paved the way for a more context-sensitive approach to meaning-making. Critical stylistics, feminist stylistics, and pragmatic stylistics are some of the branches that emerged as a result of this expansion, and the field has not stopped growing since. PALA 2017 aims to investigate what interdisciplinarity currently means and invites papers that push the boundaries of the field and address new challenges for stylistics and its branches. We particularly invite papers that discuss how stylistics has embraced cognitive, corpus, pedagogical, multimodal, and neuroscientific methodologies to explore how (literary) texts work, in addition to welcoming submissions from other relevant areas.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Margaret Freeman, Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts
  • Prof. Anne Furlong, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Prof. Patrick C. Hogan, University of Connecticut
  • Prof. David Hoover, New York University
  • Prof. Dan McIntyre, University of Huddersfield​

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:45


Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 11:45

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ENN is the European Narratology Network, an association of individual narratologists and narratological institutions. ENN aims to foster the study of narrative representation in literature, film, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures.