BSLS Winter Symposium: Metaphor in Literature and Science - 4 November 2017, King's College London

Posted by jew27 at Oct 03, 2017 04:50 PM |

King’s College London - Saturday 4 November, 2017

Keynote speaker: Professor Alice Jenkins, University of Glasgow.

The aim of this symposium is to re-examine the role of metaphor in literature and science studies in the light of new developments and questions in the field. The study of metaphor and analogy could prove to have a crucial role in negotiating between historicist and readerly approaches to literature and science. Are metaphors necessarily rooted within a particular historical context, with literary texts employing the scientific metaphors of their time, or is it possible to draw productive analogies between literary and scientific texts from disparate historical periods? How useful is it, for instance, to read the forms and metaphors of modern neuroscience into older texts? We would also like to consider the role of metaphor in emerging fields within the study of literature and science, such as performance studies, medical humanities and animal studies (as well as the connected study of posthumanism). How do metaphors function in texts that extend the boundaries of the human?

For more information about the symposium, and for the full Call for Papers, please see

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