INPUT NARRAUS Narrative and the Novel CFP

Narrative and the Novel/the Novel as Narrative

Narrative and the Novel/the Novel as Narrative

A symposium hosted by the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia

SATURDAY May 16th, 2015
School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales

Keynote Speaker: John Frow, University of Sydney

The novel as a distinct genre of prose emerged in the period of modernity. From the eighteenth century, marked by scholars as the period of the ‘rise of the novel’, to the late twentieth century, during which the trope of ‘the death of the novel’ gained cultural traction, the novel has sought to both  draw  upon  and  distinguish  itself  from  other  narrative  genres,  from  history,  biography,  memoir, and travelogues, to film, television, and digital storytelling.

Starting  with  the  premise  that  the  constitutive  features  of  the  novel  are  its  narrativity  and  its  fictionality,  this  symposium  will  address  both  theoretical  and  historical  approaches  to  the following issues:

- In  what  ways  does  the  novel  interpenetrate  with  other  genres  of  narrative  (in  print  and other media), and what is distinct to the form?

- If  the  novel  (“the  younger  sister  of  romance”)  is  said  to  have  found  generic  identity  as realism, how can recent scholarly attention on its fictionality help us rethink its relation to both modernism and our contemporary period of ‘reality hunger’ and autofictions?

250 word proposals to be sent to paul.dawson@unsw.edu.au by April 1st.

Organized by Paul Dawson and Elizabeth King, in conjunction with the UNSW Narrative and the Novel reading group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNSWNarrativeandthenovel/)