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Monday, 06 February 2012 13:20

The Voices of Suspense and their Translation in Thrillers

International Conference

The Voices of Suspense and their Translation in Thrillers


Madrid, October 18th and 19th, 2012

Call for Papers 

The International Conference “The Voices of Suspense and their Translation in Thrillers” (VSTT) aims to study fictional dialogue and its translation in suspense novels and films and in related genres. The particular interest in dialogue comes from the host of roles it plays in fiction. It helps create suspense and arouses a whole range of feelings related to the development and dénouement of the plot in the reader or the audience. Moreover, fictional dialogue is the discursive method to evoke orality, confer authenticity and credibility on a plot and give fictional characters a voice.

This conference is part of the research project La traducción del diálogo ficcional. Textos literarios y textos multimodales (“The translation of fictional dialogue. Literary and multimodal texts”), TRADIF, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. The participants in this project study feigned orality in fictional works with regard to two different areas: Contrastive Linguistics and Translation Studies. More information about TRADIF is available by clicking here.

Contributions should deal with aspects related to the translation of genres and subgenres such as crime, horror and political fiction, as well as the different subtypes of thrillers (political, legal, psychological, etc.). The conference also aims to study fictional dialogue in the different modalities of audiovisual translation, especially the dubbing and subtitling of films, TV series, adaptations and remakes, as well as the videogames that belong to the suspense genre.


Proposals for conference papers (20 minutes maximum) and posters should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.before April 18th, 2012. The submission of a 250-word anonymous abstract for papers and a 150-word anonymous abstract for posters (only in English or in both English and Spanish) should be accompanied by a separate document including the following information:

1. First and last name of the author of the paper

2. Postal address

3. E-mail address

4. Academic institution

5. Title of the paper

By June 4th, 2012, notification of acceptance will be sent to participants.

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