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International Conference: Stylistic Approaches to Pop Culture

Organizers: Christoph Schubert (Vechta) and Valentin Werner (Bamberg)

University of Vechta, Germany
2-3 September 2021

Format: Online Conference

Pop culture appears in diverse textual manifestations, including television series and films, song lyrics, video games, or graphic novels and comics. Although there is no universally accepted definition of pop culture, prototypical texts belong to globalized mainstream media, fulfill the commercial function of mass entertainment, and are dominated by American English. However, despite their international reception and sociocultural impact, and despite the fact that pop culture seems to have overcome its traditional “low culture” status, relevant texts are still clearly underresearched in linguistics. Style is here considered as a motivated choice of specific linguistic items that fulfill communicative functions in accordance with contextual parameters such as author, genre, or discursive context. Correspondingly, this conference intends to investigate stylistic features that contribute to the mass appeal of pop cultural texts, arguably representing the most central type of performed language today. It will also take into account that contemporary pop culture manifestations are genuinely multimodal (combining text and music, text and image, etc.), so that further layers of meaning interact with the verbal discourse.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Christiana Gregoriou (University of Leeds)
Dan McIntyre (University of Huddersfield)

Christiana Gregoriou (University of Leeds)

As a stylistician, I study the linguistic make-up of literary texts. Having researched into the poetics of deviance in contemporary crime fiction, I maintained a strong interest in the portrayal of the criminal in the genre and have used stylistic models of analysis so as to explore, among others, the poetic structure of the ‘criminal mind’. Primarily, I have been focused on that notion that has come to be known as ‘mind style’. More recently, I developed an interest in crime narratives across the true crime genre and media journalism also. By employing linguistic and narratological methods of analysis, my research worked toward developing a linguistic framework on the representation of criminal ideology. I also share an interest in several other types of crime and crime-preventing discourses, and have recently completed my latest monograph in the area of crime narrative migration in the form of translation, adaptation and remakes.

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Dan McIntyre (University of Huddersfield)

At Huddersfield I am Professor of English Language and Linguistics. I am also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Fuzhou University, China. I work mainly in the areas of stylistics, corpus linguistics and the history of the English language, and I am particularly interested in applications for linguistics.
I studied for my BA, MA and PhD degrees in linguistics at Lancaster University and before I did my PhD I taught English as a foreign language in northern Italy.
I am Editor of the SAGE journal Language and Literature. With my colleague Louise Nuttall I edit the book series Advances in Stylistics for Bloomsbury, and with Lesley Jeffries I co-edit Perspectives on the English Language for Palgrave. I am also co-editor of Babel: The Language Magazine.

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Organizing Team

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schubert
Universität Vechta
Fakultät für Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften
Anglistische Sprachwissenschaft
Driverstraße 22
D-49377 Vechta

Phone: 0049 (0)4441-15301
E-Mail: christoph.schubert[at]uni-vechta[dot]de

PD Dr. Valentin Werner
Universität Bamberg
Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften
Lehrstuhl für Englische Sprachwissenschaft einschließlich Sprachgeschichte
An der Universität 9
D-96047 Bamberg

Phone: 0049 (0)951 863-2277
E-Mail: valentin.werner[at]uni-bamberg[dot]de