2019 will mark 30 years since the publication of Paul Werth’s influential monograph, Text Worlds: Representing Conceptual Space in Discourse. All contemporary Text World Theory research developed from this starting point and the University of Sheffield will be celebrating the remarkable impact the text has had through a series of events and activities over the coming months.
The first of these is a new Text-Worlds Reading Group, which will have its first meeting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 24th October in the University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield, S3 7HG. The group will be reading the earliest manuscript of Werth’s monograph known to exist, which was kindly donated to the Text World Theory Special Collection in 2015 by Dr Lois Kemp of the University of Amsterdam. The text is considerably longer than the version that was eventually published and we will be discussing how Werth’s ideas and his book developed up to the point of its release in 1999.
If you would like to join the group, please contact Professor Joanna Gavins. You can also follow the group’s discussions online through this website, where we will be posting regular blogs and updates.