Revolutionary Leaves: The Fiction of Mark Z. Danielewski (May 20-21, 2011; Munich, Germany)
This two-day event marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of Only Revolutions, Mark Z. Danielewski's second novel. Danielewski was already hailed as one the most innovative and exciting writers of experimental fiction after his debut House of Leaves was published in 2000, and Only Revolutions - as well as his 2005 novella The Fifty Year Sword - impressively confirmed this assessment. Danielewski is a favourite of literary critics as well as of very devoted fans around the globe, but so far no academic conference has yet been devoted exclusively to his works. Revolutionary Leaves aims to provide precisely such a forum for discussion without setting the papers any topical limits so as to do justice to the wide-ranging scope of Danielewski's texts and the complexity of their contexts. Besides the academic section, the conference will also include a discussion and workshop with Gerhard Falkner, the German translator of Only Revolutions.
We invite scholars of all fields to submit proposals of no more than 300 words by November 1, 2010. A preliminary program will be available by the end of November 2010.
Each speaker will have 25 minutes for his or her paper, plus 10 minutes of discussion; we aim to collect the essays for publication soon after the conference.
The conference is open to the public. There is no conference fee.