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The Literary Self: from Antiquity to the Digital Age - 04-05/06/2018, Edinburgh (Scotland)








Generously supported by the Institute for Academic Development, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews.

Keynote: Professor Simon James, Durham University
Other confirmed speakers: Dr Roger Rees, University of St Andrews

Throughout history authors have grappled with how their texts are presented to their audience. Critics and theorists have responded to this in kind with a multitude of diverging approaches to the author in a text and the nature of the self generally.
However, very few of these approaches have come to bear upon the literary nature of our online identities, whether it’s the lexical semantics and rhetoric of our online existences or indeed the literary value that such existences might produce.
Our conference will examine approaches to authorship and selfhood through time and culminate in roundtable discussions of their applicability in our digital age.


FECHA /DATE/ DATA: 04-05/06/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Caitlan Smith (St. Andrews); Consuelo Martino (St. Andrews); Matthew Tibble (Edinburgh); Miles Beard (Strathclyde).




INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE:  Gratis/free/gratuito   Aquí/here/qui




50 George Square, Screening Room G.04

12:00 – 13:00 Registration with Coffee and Tea 
13:00 – 13:20 Welcome and Introduction 

13:20 – 15:00 Session 1: Identifying Authorship 
Chair: Consuelo Martino (St. Andrews)
13:20 – 13:40 Katharine Mawford (Manchester) Creating credibility: echoes of the composer in Homer and Hesiod
13:40 – 14:00 Francesco Arena (Edinburgh) The Author(s) of the Book of Jeremiah
14:00 – 14:20 Lukas Spielhofer (Graz) ὑπ’ ἐμοῦ δὲ πρώτου τῆς θύρης ἀνοιχθείσης — Reconstructing identity in Babrius’s Mythiamboi
14:20 – 14:40 Lisa Nais (Aberdeen) ‘It was all as though they had never been’: Constance Fletcher’s Mirage as an attempt to blur together the concepts of autobiography, biographical fiction and unreliable narration
14:40 – 15:00 Discussion Lead by Dr. Roger Rees (St. Andrews)

15:00 – 15:20 Coffee/Tea Break

15:20 – 17:00 Session 2: Reception
Chair: Caitlan Smith (St. Andrews)
15:20 – 15:40 Talitha Kearey (Cambridge) ‘The author’s voice: stories of performance and recitation in Virgil’s ancient reception’
15:40 – 16:00 Alley Marie Jordan (Edinburgh) ‘Paint to me the day we went to St. Germains’: The Year Thomas Jefferson Fell in Love in Paris, 1786.
16:00 – 16:20 Rossana Zetti (Edinburgh) The Case of Anouilh’s Antigone: the (hidden) Authorial Voice
16:20 – 16:40 Alexandra Grunberg (Glasgow) CAinexile: A Story by Stephen King
16:40 – 17:00 Discussion Lead 

17:00 – 18:00 Networking Drinks Reception

18:00 – 20:00 Conference Dinner 


50 George Square, Project Room 

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee/Tea

10:30 – 12:10 Session 3: Exploration of the Self 
Chair: Miles Beard (Strathclyde)
10:30 – 10:50 Salour Exaz Malayeri (St Andrews) ‘…Then I Arose’: The Persona of the Seeker in Naser-e Khosrow’s Desired Narrative of Self
10:50 – 11:10 Natalya Sarana (Humboldt) A Portrait of The Emigrant as a Young Man: The Self in The Russian Émigré Bildungsroman
11:10 – 11:30 George Cox (Nottingham) ‘Quicksilver Creatures’: The Internet and Emersonian ‘Becomings’ in Jennifer Egan’s Look at Me and ‘Black Box’
11:30 – 11:50 Ida Hummel Gabrielsen (Edinburgh) Autoreception of the Literary Self: The Function of Re-reading and Re-writing in Karl Ove Knausgård’s Min kamp
11:50 – 12:10 Discussion lead by Prof. Simon James (Durham)

12:10 – 12:30 Coffee/Tea Break

12:30 – 13:30 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Simon James (Durham) Dickens, Autobiography and Mental Time Travel

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch and Roundtable Discussion

14:30 – 15:00 Conclusions



Due to our generous funding bodies, we are able to provide compensation to postgraduate delegates travelling to attend the conference. Expense forms will be available at the conference to reclaim travel expenses. 
*This is only available for those travelling from Scottish Universities. 

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