The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and The Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures Department at California State University, Long Beach, with the sponsorship of the Consulate General and Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic are pleased to announce the International Symposium on the Fiction of Julio Cortázar to be held on Friday, March 21, 2014. At this symposium we will honor the centenary of the birth of the Argentinean author. Cortázar, like many authors of the period, was greatly influenced by the correspondence among the arts. His fiction reflected his knowledge and passion for music, film, photography, architecture, painting, sculpture, and other expressions of the human spirit. Of all these, it was music, and jazz in particular, that claimed his attention often and was to be his muse and constant presence in many of his most well-known fiction, such as the groundbreaking Hopscotch (1963).
In Cortázar’s works his interest in music bleeds into the themes, the characters, and the places he creates. Music also influences the syntax and rhythms of his narrative in unexpected ways in search for a new language influenced by jazz improvisation. But does this influence go beyond jazz? Beyond the classical music he knows so well? Musicologists, composers, and literary critics will engage in a dialogue about one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century and his longstanding love affair with the relationship between music and words.
Call For Papers
We invite 500-word proposals in Spanish or in English. Abstracts on the following topics are particularly welcomed:
• Cortázar and music
• Time and sound in Cortázar’s narrative
• Jazz as character and theme in Cortázar’s fictions
• Artistic correspondences in Cortázar’s works
• Musical imagery in Cortázar’s stories
• Memory and musical images
• A life in words
• “El perseguidor” and Charlie Parker
• Jazz, dance and love in Hopscotch
Abstracts on other themes related to Cortázar’s life and works will be considered. Please specify technological requirements at the end of your proposal, and indicate which of the proposed theme-headings better suits your paper. Papers must have a maximum extension of 7 double-spaced pages to be read in 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for Q&A, for a total time of 20 minutes. When you reach 13 minutes, your moderator will ask you to skip to your conclusions.
*Papers may be presented in English or Spanish, but can’t be read in absentia.
To attend the full day conference/concert: $85/$30 students with valid ID
This includes all papers sessions and concert. Breakfast, a boxed lunch and a light dinner will be offered, and they are included in the registration fee.
Abstracts for entries and registration fees must be paid in order for your proposal to be considered.Please, mail your payment (personal check/money order only) to:
Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literature Dept. AS 309 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840
Please, address the payment to RGRLL, CSULB. We will not deposit your check/money order until your proposal is accepted. Please include a self-addressed envelope for the return of your registration fee if your proposal is not accepted. However, if your proposal is accepted and you can’t attend the symposium, we won’t be able to refund your registration.
Deadline For Submissions
*Spaces are limited. Please, submit your title and 500-word abstract electronically by Monday, December 2nd, 2013 to:
Claire Emilie Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Doyle email@example.com
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