Call for papers for Issue 13 of the International Journal Syn-Thèses published by the School of French Language and Literature Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
“Once upon a time… and still going on”. The inclusion of the traditional tale in contemporary children’s literature: literary, educational, and translation issues
Over the past forty years, the folk and literary tale has been enjoying an extraordinary revival. Contemporary writers have been inspired by traditional tales and have explored their motifs in a variety of ways in their own fiction, including novels, short stories, plays, as well as new tales. A volume entitled L’épanchement du conte dans la littérature, edited by Christiane Connan-Pintado, Pascale Auraix-Jonchière and Gilles Béhotéguy (2018), brings together several interesting texts that question the relationship of the tale with different literary genres, which it hybridizes by being incorporated into them.
In the forthcoming issue of the journal Syn-Thèses, we propose to address this renewed and hybrid presence of the tale within children’s literature, aiming to highlight the literary, educational, and translation issues that this new tale-writing is confronted with.
6-7 October 2015
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
Languages: English and Persian
Submission by 30 April 2015
September 7-8 2012
Bangor University UK
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to focus on questions of ‘cultural translation’ in all its forms and constructs. As global identity becomes increasingly defined by questions of communication across languages and cultures the role of ‘translation’ becomes key in the forging of new subjectivities. Cultural Translation is not only an important field of academic study but also an essential part of our daily experiences.
In the last few decades the interaction between East Asian Cultures and the West has raised many issues related to questins of cultural Imperialism, cultural miscommunication and the global pattern of cultural transmission. This conference will engage with these ideas and more.
Topics could include (although are not limited to) :
1. Adaption in literature, film and media
2. Interplay between East Asian nations
3. Construction of ‘East Asia’ as a theoretical/political/cultural concept
4. A focus on the interplay between ‘East Asia’ and the ‘West’
5. Global Dissemination of East Asian Popular Culture.
6. Creative writing and literary translation as cross-cultural tool
We would especially welcome practice-led works from artists, translators, filmmakers and writers. Panel submissions (3-4 people) are also very welcome.
This conference is broadly considering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia to be the geographical area of focus however comparative studies are very welcome.
There are plans for a special edition journal as a direct result of this conference.
To submit papers or panel proposals, please go to the website or contact the organisers for more details:
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