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Ergebnisanzeige "Letter Writing in Europe from the Middle Ages to Today: Genres, Models, and Transformations"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelLetter Writing in Europe from the Middle Ages to Today: Genres, Models, and Transformations
BeschreibungUniversità di Palermo, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Dipartimento di Letterature e Culture Europee (DILCE)

First Circular

Letter Writing in Europe from the Middle Ages to Today: Genres, Models, and Transformations

16-17-18 October 2008

The Department of European Literature and Culture of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Palermo is organizing an International Conference on "Letter Writing: Genres, Models, and Transformations," from 16-18 October 2008. This conference will focus on communicative, linguistic, literary and historico-cultural aspects of this written form which, beginning in the Middle Ages, when the dialogical dimension of the letter was already expressed in both public and private forms, has continuously evolved as a reflection of social necessities and dominant conventions. The communicative aspect of the letter is, in fact, fundamental as it always presupposes an addressee and, like every other linguistic act, performs different functions. No less important is its use in artistic and literary practice, in particular since the 18th century when the letter underwent a process of subjectivization thanks to which all areas of life, from business to sentimental attachment, to aesthetics and science, became objects of letter writing. A vital source of biographical information and cultural history, letters allow us to penetrate and know the personality and the social context of their writers, both as representative figures of their time and as ordinary people. The increasing disappearance of the hand-written letter, with the advent of computers, which "have disembodied an immense amount of communicative material" (Simone), makes us reflect on this age-old practice of writing which will be examined from diverse perspectives.
Within the bounds of this scenario, paper proposals are invited on the following themes:

- Historical and Theoretical Aspects of Letter Writing : History of the Letter--analyses of techniques, forms, and styles which have characterized letters over the centuries--rhetorical models--the letter as a genre--theory of the letter

- The Letter and Its Literary and Artistic Genres: The letter as a trope or device within literary, theatrical, and cinematic texts--travel writing--essays--didactic letters, satire and social criticism--epistolary novels

- Personal Correspondence: Forms, modes, functions--relations with the culture of their time

- Letters and the Media: Letters in newspapers, e-mails, text messages,...

Conference Venue: The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Palermo University

Languages used during the conference: Italian and English

Registration: the registration fee of 100 euros, which includes coffee/tea breaks and the welcome evening reception (16th October) will be paid during the registration at the Faculty.

Submission of abstracts: the deadline for submission is 10th July 2008. Please send your abstract (300 words) to : and Acceptance will be notified by 20th July 2008. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

More details will be provided in the 2nd Circular.

How to contact us:

By email:

By post: Dipartimento DILCE, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo

By fax: 091- 6560328

Il Direttore del Dipartimento

Margherita Cottone

Comitato scientifico:

Enrica Cancelliere
Eleonora Chiavetta
Christel Hocke
Maria Antonietta La Barbera
Michele Marrapodi
Svetlana Parisi
Domenica Perrone
Renato Tomasino

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Di Maio, Davide 
Funktion: Ansprechpartner 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Dipartimento DILCE, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, 
Strasse/Postfach: Viale delle Scienze, 
Postleitzahl: 90128 Palermo 
Fax: +91- 6560328  
SchlüsselbegriffeMedien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.)
Klassifikation00.00.00 ohne thematische Zuordnung
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