The Novel and the Fragment

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This panel will examine how fragmentary form and non-linear narrative operate in post-1945 novels in English in order to ask how an experimental, fragmentary form poses key problems and possibilities for the development of the novel within a contemporary literary landscape. Considering that size and depth are features commonly associated with the novel, complications arise within the form when certain novels are dominated by fragmentary segments, are small in size, or made of precious materials. The topics of this panel include, but are not limited to, novels by poets; the fragment in literature; formalisms; narrative theory; theories of the novel; the contemporary literary canon. Please send abstracts of 250 words to Julie McIsaac, Rutgers University,

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University
Deadline: September 30, 2013
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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: "the best book you'll read this year." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw's plays at the Players Club in New York City.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.