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TitelAesopic Voices: Reframing Truth in Twentieth-century Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fables
BeschreibungAesopic Voices: Reframing Truth in Twentieth-century Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fables

International Conference, Melbourne, February 21-23, 2008
Organised by Philip Morrissey and Gert Reifarth

What do artists do when political, social or religious circumstances are hostile to truth and open discussion?

One possibility is for them to seek refuge in the realm of the Aesopic. Aesop is said to have written fables in the sixth Century B.C. to veil his opinions, and writers 26 Centuries later continue to use and develop his method. In symbolic and coded terms, they write fairy tales and fables, and employ myths and elements of folklore. New forms of discourse emerged, where political realities and social truths were referred to in symbolic and coded terms rather than explicitly mentioned, and where, concurrently, these realities and truths were re-framed and re-contextualized. Protest and subversion found a new voice.

The paths to the Aesopic were varied and open. Authors could write new fairy tales and fables, or rewrite old ones; they could retell old folktales or traditional stories and relate them to the present situation; elements of old tales could be merged with modern counterparts in narrative art forms; traditional symbols or figures could feature in otherwise thoroughly contemporary writing, storytelling and artistic practice.

We invite papers about this Aesopic form of discourse in the twentieth century all around the world.

We invite papers for the conference “Aesopic Voices”.

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to:

Ms Meg Tudor until DECEMBER 7, 2007.

A full version of the paper should be submitted by February 15, 2008.

Political truth in the 20th Century was often monopolized by the holders of power. Artists who opposed this monopoly faced real life dangers such as being censored, condemned, imprisoned, or killed. In some societies any open opposition would be crushed; the victors of ethnic struggles would silence the losers; white colonists would oppress the native populations; women would be suppressed because of their gender; state or church powers would not allow their moral and belief systems to be questioned. The stranglehold on truth was often maintained by a censorship agency of some kind.

Authors, storytellers and other artists sought refuge in the realm of the Aesopic. They extended Aesop’s method of disguising truth in fable, making use of traditional genres and narratological structures found in folklore, fairy tale, fable, and myth, to veil their critical ideas and present them in a form that would circumvent repercussions.

This conference sets out to examine how Aesopic writing is a world-wide phenomenon in 20th Century literature, with prominent examples spanning five continents.

Key areas are:

- Indigenous populations living in colonial and postcolonial nations, including Indigenous peoples in Australia and the South Pacific regions, North America, and the African continent;
Women in extreme patriarchal societies in Asia and Africa;
- Totalitarian regimes in Asia and Europe;
- Fascist dictatorships in Western Europe;
- Military dictatorships in the Middle East and Latin America.

We suggest that papers be linked to one or more of the following topics:

- The universality and diversity of the Aesopic (universal mechanisms of Aesopic writing; examples of Aesopic writing on five continents);
- The application of theory to the Aesopic (eg.: Foucault on power; Baudrillard on simulation; Judith Butler on gender; Bhabha on ambivalence and ambiguity in postcolonialism; Propp on the morphology of the folk tale);
- The narratology of the Aesopic (creation modes of a new discourse by means of Aesopic writing; the presence of reality in Aesopic texts as a subtext; the relation of narrated and narration in Aesopic texts);
- The reflection of reality in the Aesopic (the relation of Aesopic texts to the writer's culture and its self-definition; the reflection of colonialism and its aftermath; the depiction of communism and its aftermath in Aesopic writing);
- The impact of the Aesopic (reception of Aesopic texts; their treatment by the censors; the reaction of the holders of powers, the readers' modes of (re-)cognition).

For conference details, visit

University of Melbourne
School of Culture & Communication
General Office
John Medley Building
Victoria 3010
Tel: +61 3 8344 5506
Fax: +61 3 8344 5494

Office hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

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PersonName: Tudor, Meg 
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Melbourne, School of Culture & Communication 
Strasse/Postfach: Level 2, West Tower, John Medley Building 
Postleitzahl: 3010 
Stadt: Victoria 
Telefon: +61 3 8344 5506 
Fax: +61 3 8344 5494 
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.05.00 Antike und abendländische Literatur; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945); 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989); 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart
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