Discourse & Semiotics Workshop

When Jan 26, 2018
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where HUM 300
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Hello D&S supporters, 

Welcome back to school! Please join us for our first workshop of the spring semester presenting Dr. Deborah Lutz on Friday, January 26th at 12:30pm-2pm in Humanities room 300.

Deborah Lutz' talk, 
"George Eliot's Paratexts", will focus on George Eliot's notebooks that Lutz analyzed last summer and discuss the commonplacing practices used. George Eliot kept journals, notebooks, and diaries almost obsessively. Here she copied excerpts from her reading (called “commonplacing”), which she then used in writing her novels. Impressions of her foreign travel, records of what she was reading and eating, and accounts of the important events of her life filled these books. As nineteenth-century material objects with pockets, attached pencils, clasps, pasted-in additions, pages sewn together, inserted flowers, and more, these volumes are interesting in and of themselves.

In this talk, we will look at pictures of these volumes and discuss what sorts of ideas or conclusions can be drawn from them. For instance: what role did research play in the writing of Middlemarch and her other novels? In what way did these notebooks contribute to her writing projects? What arguments can be made about them as objects?

This workshop series provides space for faculty and students at the University of Louisville to share research on how language and other semiotic resources mediate social worlds. We aim to develop interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars from a variety of disciplines who study talk, text, interaction, semiotics, visual communication/design, and mass media. We are sponsored by the Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society, the Department of English, and the Department of Comparative Humanities.

For more information, contact our Graduate Student Coordinator or visit our website 
We hope to see you there, 
UofL Discourse & Semiotics Team