Call for Papers: The Author in Stylistics

The Literary Linguistics Research Cluster in the Centre for Linguistic Research at the University of Sheffield are pleased to announce the CFP (below) for our upcoming one-day symposium The Author in Stylistics which will take place on Tuesday 5th July 2016.

The Author in Stylistics

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Plenary speakers:

Dr Joanna Gavins, University of Sheffield

Prof Paul Simpson, Queen’s University Belfast

Prof Peter Stockwell, University of Nottingham

The reader – theoretical, ‘real’ or implied – has become a prominent focus in stylistic research. Building on a long tradition of empiricism in the field and drawing particularly on recent advances in cognitive and sociolinguistic approaches to style, the last few years have witnessed a significant groundswell in published research, special interest groups (such as the PALA Reader SIG), and symposia (such as ‘The Reader in Stylistics’ event at the University of Nottingham in 2014) centred on the role of the reader. ‘The Author in Stylistics’ one-day symposium at the University of Sheffield aims to respond to this increase in reader-related research, readdressing the relationship between the author and the reader and discussing what role, if any, the author plays in contemporary stylistics.

The symposium will explore the following key questions: Does knowledge of an author impact upon the reading experience? Are an author’s interpretations of a literary text more significant than a reader’s? To what extent can we discuss authorial intention? Is there a place for the author in contemporary stylistics? How might contemporary theories and methodologies in stylistics, such as corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, and cognitive poetics, help to advance our understanding of the role of the author in literary reading?

We invite contributions for 20-minute presentations that address the role of the author and of authorship in stylistics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • reader responses to the author
  • real/implied authors
  • autobiographical fiction
  • authenticity and authorship
  • corpus linguistic approaches
  • multimodality and digital fiction
  • non-fiction authors
  • authorship and authority
  • cognitive approaches to the author
  • intention and authorship
  • authors in contemporary literary culture
  • authorship and intention

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should contain your name, academic affiliation, email address, postal address and a list of five keywords.

Please send abstracts as a Word file to by Midday, 1st June 2016.

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