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CFP: Dickens and Language (11/1/2017; 7/30-8/1/2018)

Dickens and Language
23rd Annual Dickens Symposium
Tübingen, Germany
July 30 – August 1, 2018

The Dickens Society is pleased to be holding its annual symposium in Germany for the first time next year. The 2018 Symposium will take place at Tübingen University, founded in 1477 and located in the Neckar Valley, between the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest. The picturesque old town is intact, with late medieval university buildings and half-timbered houses as well as Hölderlin tower, where the German poet lived, by the Neckar River. The airport nearest to Tübingen is in Stuttgart, the capital of the region of Baden-Württemberg, or Frankfurt International Airport (about 2.5 hours by train from Tübingen).

Details about accommodations, events and excursions, etc. will be posted later on the Dickens Society website. For more information about location and logistics, please contact the hosts, Symposium Organizers Matthias Bauer m.bauer@uni-tuebingen.de and Angelika Zirker angelika.zirker@uni-tuebingen.de.

The research context at Tübingen links literary studies with linguistics. Hence, for 2018 the organisers invite papers on Dickens and Language, which may include (but is not limited to):

  • Dickens and dialect
  • Dickens and figurative language
  • Dickens and body language
  • Dickens and genre
  • Dickens and the slipping signifier
  • Dickens and cultural linguistics
  • Dickens and foreign language
  • Dickens and dissonance
  • Dickens and rhetoric
  • Dickens in translation
  • Dickens and onomastics
  • Dickens and orality
  • Dickens and the language of emotion
  • In the traditional spirit of the Symposium, proposals for any topic related to Dickens’s life or work are also welcome. Please plan to submit a 300-word abstract (for papers deliverable in 20 minutes) between 7 August and 1 November, 2017. To submit an abstract, visit https://dickenssocietyumass.submittable.com/submit, provide a 100-word biographical statement, and upload your abstract as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Please let Sean Grass (scgrass@iastate.edu) know if you have any trouble with the site. For more information about proposals and the program, please contact Program Committee Chair Sean Grass.

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