Reception and the gift of beauty in the Western Tradition

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Reception and the gift of beauty in the Western Tradition

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Date limite : 1er février 2010


Keynote Speaker: Professor William Desmond, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

This conference brings together two theories of interpretation, one now well-established in literary studies--reception theory-- and one still to be developed in literary theory although being familiar in social science and philosophy – gift theory. We believe that the dialogue between reception theory and gift theory will create openings for a recognition of the problem of beauty. Since beauty is among the most contested concepts in literary studies, we encourage dialogue and debate between the papers and amongst the participants. ' In Cicero's skeptical consideration of divination, the perception and reception of natural beauty involves the compulsion to respond which is characteristic of gift-exchange: ‘…the order of celestial things and the beauty of the universe compel me to confess that there is some excellent and eternal Being which deserves the respect and homage of the human race.' As well as the compulsion to reciprocate, gift-theory offers other ideas important to the perception and creation of beauty in texts. Proposals for papers for this conference are warmly welcomed.

Topics could include:
- gift-exchange dramatized in discourses of sacrifice or friendship
- translation or allusion as modes of exchanging beauty
- excess, decadence, and hyperbole: rhetorical copia and responses to beauty
- vision, illumination as the gift of knowledge, and appearances as seeing and being seen in Plato and the Platonic tradition
- the sublime, ancient and modern
- the perception and construction of ‘decus' as both beauty and glory in evocations of patronage situations or monuments
- l'écriture féminine, composition as gift, and beauty and the body.

This conference is part of the 'Thinking Reciprocity' series and will be followed immediately by the conference ‘Desiring the Text, Touching the Past: Towards an Erotics of Reception' (Bristol, 10 July 2010). Reduced fees will be offered to people attending both conferences.

Papers should be no more than 30 minutes in length. Abstracts should be submitted by 1 February 2010 and should be 300 words long.

If you have any queries or wish to submit an abstract, please contact Stephen D'Evelyn at: Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.

Lieu de la manifestation : University of Bristol 8-9 July 2010

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