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2nd Symposium on Nineteenth-Century Literature: Family Plots

Date: December 7, 2017
Schedule:
9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Venue: University of Lisbon | School of Arts and Humanities (Anf. III)
Poster

Portuguese version

After a first meeting dedicated to Brazilian author Machado de Assis, the second “Symposium on Nineteenth-Century Literature” will be focusing on family as one of the most preeminent topics of nineteenth-century fiction, across different nationalities, cultures and authorial aesthetics. This broader scope will allow us to inquire into the role of family as a site of convergence and tension, where the concepts of individual and community, intimate and social, familiar and foreign are brought together both to meet and to challenge each other. Thus, we propose to look at “family plots” in two ways: on the one hand, trying to understand how the idea of family became a central object of narrative in literary works of the 1800s, and, on the other hand, analyzing the means through which fictional families are not only based on fundamental plotting devices, but also deploy those same devices – in the manner of planning, intrigue, or artifice – to construe and interpret themselves and the social world they purport to represent. Although its primary focus is literary fiction, the Symposium will also include reflections on nineteenth-century painting and photography.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Maia McAleavey (Boston College)

Sophie Gilmartin (University of London)

 

ORGANIZATION:

Amândio Reis (Universidade de Lisboa)

Inês Robalo (Universidade de Lisboa)

 

Activity organized by RIAL – REALITY AND IMAGINATION IN ART AND LITERATURE project, THELEME Group.






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