25/26 September 2020


Literary theories and criticism have shown promising developments since the first quarter of the 20th century. Specifically, with the works of structuralists and Russian formalists, literary language and scientific language have been separated distinctly since 1920’s. Therefore, with its own analysis methods and defined materials, literary science (literary sciences/fenn-i edeb) was established and mustered many supporters from the field. Along with these facts, in the light of semiotics, which is an interdisciplinary scientific field, literary theories and criticism developed new methods towards the analysis of literary texts, and new terms rose accordingly. With the help of these theories and terminology brought out by literary theories and criticism, not only literary texts but also political, juridical, religious, philosophical texts were analyzed. All these facts show that literary theories and criticism had and have a significant impact and research field on the 20th century and on the first 20 years of the 21st century.

Studies related to literary theories and criticism carried out from all over the world, began to influence Turkey as well. Especially, having started at translation level prior studies, in time, were seen in copyright and application fields and a critical accumulation of research arose. Over the last 40 years, a number of works which are accepted as threshold of the improvement of modern literary theories have been translated to Turkish; namely, Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics, Vladimir Propp’s Morfologie Skanska, Réné Wellek’s Literary Theories and Peter V. Zima’s The Philosophy of Modern Literary Theories, and many studies have been carried out and put into Turkish readers’ service. Moreover, copyrighted books and articles were written on different fields of literary criticism such as the new Anglo-Saxon criticism, Marxist criticism, structuralism, German hermeneutics, semiotic criticism, psychoanalytic criticism, reader-response criticism, deconstructionist criticism, feminist criticism, rhetoric criticism, and many Turkish literary texts were analyzed based on aforementioned criticism types.

The aim of this literary theories and criticism workshop we are planning in the face of all improvements mentioned is to identify works done in Turkey over the last 40 years, to gather scientists studying literary theories at application or theoretic level, to have an reciprocal exchange of ideas and to discuss and support cooperation in the future studies. Within this scope, literary theories and criticism workshop will be held on 25-26 September 2020 in Balikesir Ogretmenevi the city center by Anatolian Semiotic Research Association (ANASEM) with honorary participation of Karesi Municipality. We are honored to invite researchers interested in literary theories and criticism to the workshop. The papers presented in the workshop will be published by Karesi Municipality in an ISBN book.

The workshop aims to discuss topics below at theoretic, application, terminological, and notional levels. Apart from the provided topics, papers will be accepted if they are related to literary theories, criticism and applications.