CFP: Singers and Tales in the 21st Century: The Parry-Lord Legacy
Call for PapersSingers and Tales in the 21st Century:
The Legacies of Milman Parry and Albert Lord
December 3-5, 2010
2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Albert Lord's seminal Singer of Tales, and the 75th anniversary of the death of his mentor Milman Parry, the originator of what has come to be known as the Oral-Formulaic Theory. In honor of the work and continuing influence of these two pathfinding scholars, the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature at Harvard University will hold a conference from December 3-5, 2010, on oral studies and the Parry-Lord legacy at the beginning of the 21st century. Proposals are invited for papers on theoretical or practical aspects of the study of oral traditions, including but not limited to:
- The nature of formulaic language
- Oral prose narratives
- The textualization of oral traditions
- Comparative oral poetics
- Problems in the editing and publication of performative art forms
- Fieldwork challenges
- The ecology of genres
Authors should e-mail a one-page abstract to the conference organizer, David Elmer, at email@example.com.
Presentations will be 30 minutes in length, and are to be made in English.
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2010. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 15, 2010.