CFP ACLA 2020 in Chicago, March 19th-22nd, 2020
Deadline to submit proposals: September 23, 2019. 9 am. EST
Writing without Writing: Fragments and Survivance
Since the nineteenth century to the present, fragmentary writing has been widely deployed in literature and philosophy (i.e. Ernst Bloch, Schlegel, Mallarmé, Adorno, Maurice Blanchot, Kafka, Beckett etc.) as a strategy to disrupt the idea of totality by and through writing. Fragmentary writing as an incomplete totality, bears absent voices and traces and alludes to a whole. In its brevity, it reveals an unwritten space, discloses and encloses that which is not present in the text. As Maurice Blanchot in his essay “The Fragment Word” writes: “the fragment supposes an implied designation of something that has previously been or will subsequently be a whole.” Furthermore, Adorno in Aesthetic Theory notes that a literary fragment is constituted by a promise or memory of totalisation and asserts: “the fragment is that part of the totality of the work that opposes totality.” And recently Georges Didi-Huberman in his book Aperçues (2018) compiles fragments of texts in one book, as a whole and reflects on fragments in relation to trace and survivance. He argues, when events, moments and things disappear they leave traces behind, and --by delineating the semantics of the French word survivance (survival, living-on)-- characterizes these traces as a survivance (living-on, survival, afterlife) of a disappearance.
Thus, by the token of and departing from the reflections above, this seminar invites papers to explore the idea and form of fragmentary writing in tandem with the idea of survivance (living-on, relic, survival). Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
-Can we talk about the totality of a fragment without referring to a (spectral) whole that precedes and follows it? Then, in this context, what do we talk about when we talk about totality?
-Fragment as an incomplete complete
-Poetics and politics of fragmentary writing
-Dynamics of detachment and attachment: does fragmentary writing subvert the idea of a whole?
-Presence of absent space(s) in, around and of fragments
-The idea of the trace and fragment
-Survivance and fragments: image, memory and time
-Fragmented memories: nostalgia and trauma
-Fragments, stories and philosophy
-Fragmented writing and poetry
Please submit your proposal (max. 300 words) and a short bio. (max. 100 words) through ACLA portal by September 23, 2019.
Modern Languages and Literatures