20 Years of Text World Theory: A Celebration

2019 marks twenty years since the publication of Paul Werth’s influential monograph, Text Worlds: Representing Conceptual Space in Discourse. Over the intervening decades, Text World Theory has become one of the most dynamic and exciting areas of research and teaching in both linguistics and literary studies. A global network of academics and students now uses the framework to examine a wide range of discourses, and their published work has included explorations of oral narrative, newspaper discourse, poetry, children’s literature, legal language, narrative fiction, and dramatic texts, to name only a few. Text World Theory is also increasingly being taken up as a pedagogical approach in English classrooms at all levels of education across the UK.

The University of Sheffield is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a two-day symposium on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Paul Werth’s inspiring text, as well as the diverse and ground-breaking work being undertaken by the vibrant international community of text-world theorists today.

The call for papers is now closed. Details of the conference programme and how to register for the event will be made available here shortly.

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