Narrative Scale and the Limits of the Sensible

full name / name of organization: 
International Society for the Study of Narrative
contact email: 
krmuth@artsci.wustl.edu

We welcome paper proposals on narrative scale in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century fiction, film, or visual media for the 2011 International Conference on Narrative. We are specifically interested in essays exploring the relationship between narrative representation and what the selection of scale brings to view or obscures. For example, what is made legible if we imagine literary history in terms of blunt dates (like the annular study) rather than in terms of broad conceptual markers (like modernity)? Or what is the relationship between evolution as metaphor bounded by narrative and scientific evolutionary theory? Particular areas of interest might include:

    Narrating minutiae
    Narrating geopolitics
    Short story as form
    Big books
    Literary historical periodicity
    Interpretive methodologies
    Interdisciplinarity (e.g. science and literature)
    Comparativism
    Global politics and/or ethics
    Spatiality, globalization
    Historiography
    Evolutionary time
    Messianic time and/or rupture
    Metaphor, figuration
    Metafiction, fabular

Please email 300-word abstracts to Katie Muth (krmuth@artsci.wustl.edu) by 25 October, 2010.

Panel organizers: Katie R. Muth and Dustin Iler, Washington University in St. Louis. The 2011 International Conference on Narrative will be held from April 7–11 at Washington University in St. Louis. For details, see http://narrative.wustl.edu/.

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
film_and_television
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond