CFP: ESSE 9 conference – Aarhus, Denmark: Shakespeare and Discourse Stylistics (3/21/08; 8/22-26/08)

by Jessica C. Murphy

ESSE 9 conference – Aarhus, Denmark, 22-26 August 2008
Seminar 20: Shakespeare and Discourse Stylistics

The next ESSE conference will be held at the University of Aarhus Denmark from 22 to 26 August 2008. We invite papers for seminar 20 on ‘Shakespeare and Discourse Stylistics’:

>From copia to stylistic reticence, Shakespeare’s playtexts map out the extreme limits and impasse of verbal communication. The present seminar aims at assessing and highlighting the discourse strategies and structures at stake in conversational exchange and interaction in the very process of capturing the world of human understanding and
relationships. Such a process involves the difficulty, sometimes the impossibility, and the exhilaration of mediating that world through language. Shakespeare’s playtexts should be envisaged as being rooted in a cultural and rhetorical context in which meaning (and
the difficulties of conveying meaning)is a collaborative construction, involving author, text, culture, and reader. Papers are welcome on the range of Shakespeare’s negotiations with the problematics of the production of meaning. Areas of exploration include semantics,
pragmatics, and semiotics.

Panel Organisors:

Dr. Mireille Ravassat (University of Valenciennes, France)

Dr. Lene Petersen (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

Those wishing to participate in the Conference are invited to submit 200-word abstracts of their proposed papers directly to BOTH convenors of the seminar in question before 1 March 2008. The convenors will let the proponents know whether their proposals have been accepted no later than 21 March 2008.

For more details, see the conference website:

– and the general conference website at: