CFP: [20th] Interruption –– Narrative Conference, Birmingham, June 4–6, 2009

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Matthew Garrett
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Organizers: Matthew Garrett (Wesleyan University), Kara Wittman (Stanford

This panel explores the function and significance of narrative
interruptions. Interruption appears in many ways: as break in formal
structure (caesura, sentence, paragraph, chapter division, serial issue),
as dilation (in the shift from narration to description, in the
magnification of a detail, in the development of a theme), as digression,
as pause, or as repetition or stutter that produces a hesitation in the
flow of story. We are interested in the various ways interruption
determines both what and how a text means by affecting, for example, the
distribution of readerly attention, the pace of reading, the constitution
of formal structure, the capacity to provoke, suggest, or mystify, and so
on. We welcome papers that engage with questions of meaning and form as
such, as well as those that attempt to draw inferences about reading from
the analysis of formal traits â€" especially those that unite formal and
historical questions. Papers on narratives from any place, period, or
medium are welcome: one goal of the panel will be to present a comparative
account of the question of narrative interruption.

Send a 250-word abstract and a short CV to Matthew Garrett at by October 15.

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