This international workshop, “Punctuation in Practice,” investigates how punctuation—as away to organize syntax and mark pauses on the page—changes throughout literary history. The workshop seeks to explore a range of punctuation practices (or lack thereof ) from medieval manuscripts through printed drama and poetry to the novel and contemporary literature by bringing together experts from a range of genres and time periods.
This workshop takes as its starting point Adorno’s statement about the historicity of punctuation (“History has left its residue in punctuation marks, and it is history, far more than meaning or grammatical function, that looks out at us, rigidified and trembling slightly, from every mark of punctuation”). With a focus on historical conventions and change, this workshop will explore how punctuation organizes the basic structures underpinning our expectations about literary style, conventions, and genres.
The workshop places a seemingly invisible practice—punctuation—at the forefront of a range of methodological questions in literary studies, including genre theory, conventional expectations, language standardization, editorial theory, textual theory, notions of authorial intention and interpretation, and the act of reading.
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Time & Location
Jun 19, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015
Freie Universität Berlin, "Rostlaube", Room JK 31/122, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin