New deadline – Metalepsis: A Transmedial Process, Porto

Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
April 4-5, 2019

Organizing Committee
Joana Matos Frias
Rosa Maria Martelo

Metalepsis has been increasingly present in several artistic fields, by enhancing a self-reflexive porosity between narrative levels and by provoking a very special kind of ontological sliding. When Gérard Genette (1972) transferred this figure from the field of rhetoric to that of narratology, in order to describe the subversion of boundaries between narrative levels, or the non-distinction between the diegetic and extradiegetic worlds, he associated the disquieting nature of the metalepsis with the following “unacceptable and insistent” hypothesis: we, as recipients of a work structured by this narratological figure, may find ourselves in the (Borgesian) odd circumstance of noticing that the extradiagetic could already be the diegetic. Metalepsis has become a very relevant transmedial category in 20th- and 21st-century art, certainly also due to the fact that it signals the ontological instability proper to modern and contemporary thought.

The Intermedialities Group of the Margarida Losa Institute for Comparative Literature, from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, will organize a IAWIS focus conference on metalepsis as a transmedial notion. We intend to discuss how and why this figure is so present in literature and in the arts in general, as well as to analyze its many ways of functioning. The conference will take place at the University of Porto, on April 4-5, 2019 and it will welcome proposals on the following topics:

–       The concept of metalepsis:  history and theories;
–       Metalepsis from a transmedial perspective;
–       Metalepsis and literary genres; metalepsis and mise-en-abyme; reconfigurations of the author and the reader;
–       Experiencing contemporary literature and other arts: ontological metalepsis in literature, in visual and audiovisual arts, and in performing arts;
–       Metalepsis and the crisis of the apparatus;
–       Metalepsis and poetry.

Proposals should be sent via email to until the January 14, 2019, with the following details:

– Name
– Bio note (±200 words)
– Institutional affiliation
– Title
– Research topic
– Abstract  (±200 words)

Notification of acceptance: until January 31, 2019

Registration fee
Early bird fee: Until February 15, 2019
Professors and Researchers with Ph.D: 100,00 €
Students: 50,00 €
ILC and LyraCompoetics Network Members: 0,00

Late comers: From February 16 to February 28, 2019
Professors and researchers with Ph.D: 120,00 €
Students: 60,00 €
ILC and LyraCompoetics Network Members: 0,00


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