students: 20 zl
PhD students: 30zl
other participants: 40zl
“HISTORY IS MOSTLY REPAIR AND REVENGE” DISCOURSES OF/ON HISTORY IN THE LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
“And now this historian, previous historians and all future chroniclers must find ourselves brought to a stop. The records, crabbed and cracked and faulty as they are, tell some kind of tale, with that internal logic, not always perceived at once, that seems a guarantee of verisimilitude” (Lessing 2007: 136) the narrator, a Roman citizen, and an amateur historian tells us in Doris Lessing’s latest to date novel The Cleft.
For Lessing, as for many other writers, history has ceased to provide humanity with an objective account of its past. It has become a narrative, subjective and forever incomplete. Thus, in a world in which truth is relative, and every reported utterance contains its own interpretation, literature has been treated on a par with history, recording the politics, culture and philosophy of a given literary period.
The 2008 Literature in English Symposium poses the question of the status of history in literature, of how history has been used, misused and abused in various literary works: drama, poetry and novel. We would welcome a broad spectrum of works discussing the position of historical discourse and its relation to the literary one. Whether “[h]istory is mostly repair and revenge” as Adam Thorpe says in one of the poems contained in the volume entitled Nine Lessons from the Dark (2003: 28), or “[t]he History that he reads/is written in the land” as Jeremy Hooker claims in one of the poems from Our Lady of Europe (1997: 121), we would like to ask our prospective speakers.
Our guest speaker will be Adam Thorpe
the author of Ulverton, Pieces of Light and Nineteen Twenty-One
conference organizer - prof.Liliana Sikorska
All scholars interested in taking part in the conference are kindly requested to contact the conference secretaries:
Łukasz Hudomięt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Małgorzata Milczarek - email@example.com
Abstracts will be received by 29 th February 2008
Final confirmation about chosen abstracts: 3rd March 2008
Selected papers will be published in SAP