Call for Papers for the panel "Islamicate Theories of Metaphor and the Literal"11/15/2013
2014 MEETING OF THE AMERICAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ASSOCIATION (ACLA)
March 20-23, 2014 | New York University
A Call for Papers for the panel "Islamicate Theories of Metaphor and the Literal," co-organized by Lara Harb (Dartmouth College), Jeannie Miller (University of Toronto)
Submission of abstracts deadline: November 15, 2013
A basic distinction between literal and non-literal (haqiqa and majaz) manners of speech undergirds premodern Islamicate language theories. These theories include not only exegesis and legal theory, but also grammar, rhetoric, and aesthetics. This critical tradition devoted much thought to determining the relationship between signifier and signified – or between utterance and meaning – and to examining the variety of ways in which expression can be non-literal. We seek to explore this topic, which we are roughly subsuming under the idea of "metaphor", not only as it plays out in medieval Arabic literary theory, but also in related traditions, including Persian, Hebrew, Urdu, and Turkish.
Questions we would like to address include:
For more details, please see: http://acla.org/acla2014/islamicate-theories-of-metaphor-and-the-literal/.
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Professor of Arabic
Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures
6191 Bartlett Hall
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