The 2014 Conference focused on Brevity: its possibilities, its requirements, and its ramifications. From the concise forms of the Antiquity to digital forms of the 21st century; from carpe diem to YOLO; from haiku to Twitter; from the wise aphorisms of Seneca to Oscar Wilde’s witty quips and today’s Internet memes.

Conference organizers: Natalia Caldas and Andrea Privitera.


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Thursday, March 6th
3:00 PM

Feelings Sustaining Text: Aphorisms and Inspiration

Mikhail Pozdniakov, Western University

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Friday, March 7th
10:00 AM

Walter Benjamin's Literary Aura: A Stylistic and Thematic Analysis of One-Way Street

Stephanie Chapman, University of Oregon

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:30 AM

The Proto-Pixel Art of Malevich and Kandinsky: Black Square, Its Digital Descendant and Neo- Vitalist Impulse

Irina Lyubchenko, York University; Ryerson University

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

When to “Open It” Only Meant Untying the Pyjama Strings: Partition and Narrativity Gone Astray

Sarbani Banerjee, Western University

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Saturday, March 8th
11:30 AM

La temporalidad de lo Breve

Vanina Noejovich, McMaster University

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Microrrelato del “saber vivir” en su doble acepción normativa-descriptiva: más allá de la parodia y los finales sorprendentes; lo reflexivo

Ary Malaver, University of Georgia

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

2:30 PM

Notas, cuentos y minificciones: relatos en periódicos mexicanos del siglo XIX

Giordano Palma, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

What do we talk about when we talk about brevity?

Robin Bergart, University of Guelph

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM