LINGUIST List 21.4656

Fri Nov 19 2010

Confs: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/Tunisia

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        1.     Imen Chouk , RE-Writing Again

Message 1: RE-Writing Again
Date: 18-Nov-2010
From: Imen Chouk <>
Subject: RE-Writing Again
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RE-Writing Again

Date: 14-Apr-2011 - 15-Apr-2011 Location: Jendouba (Tunisia), Tunisia Contact: IMEN CHOUK Contact Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

To rewrite is to write again, to act on a written record from a different sensibility, ideology and perspective. Along with the general democratisation process that characterises most societies today helped by Globalisation and the revolution it brought about in ICTs, the voices which have been up to now silenced are making themselves heard. History and knowledge are no longer the monopoly of one group, and a whole corpus of established canonical textual institutions is being challenged. André Lefevere rightfully states that '[a]ll rewritings, whatever their intention, reflect a certain ideology and a poetics' (Lefevere 1992b: vii). This rewriting is necessarily manipulative of the already written discourse to 'function in a given society in a given way' (ibid.). Whether deliberately or inadvertently, a text is the result of self-rewriting, or a rewriting of another text, through inter-textual affiliation, or through premeditated attempts at reshaping existing sources. It follows that more and more artistic, literary and ideological trends have undertaken rewriting with a more conscious and serious attitude, as a way to rectify, alter or even contest the canonical authority of tradition.

The construct of rewriting has also gained ground with the common agreement among all literary approaches today that the role of the reader in constructing meaning is central. We moved from a situation where the reader's responsibility lies at best in exploring authorial intention, to a situation where the reader is an inevitable partner of the author in constructing meaning, and finally to a situation where the author is denied any authority over meaning before reading takes place.

Starting from these assumptions, our conference welcomes scholars and writers who wish to contribute papers that embark on the following issues: Rewriting and Inter-textual connections. Rewriting, political reform and/or political repression. Rewriting history. Rewriting and correction. Tradition, authority, and rewriting. The reader/reader response and rewriting. Rewriting and empowering. Post-structuralism and re-writing Discourse studies and rewriting. Linguistics and rewriting Rewriting, translation and translation theories. Rewriting and religious authority. Rewriting in feminist tradition. Creative writing and rewriting. Rewriting and postcolonial theory Rewriting and religious revisionism

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