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Pop Narratology: Social, Historical and Political Perspectives on Pop Cultural Narratives
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Department of English and American Studies, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
Call for Papers:
In an age of postclassical narratology, it can be argued that popular culture most prominently exerts its influence via narratives. Narratively constructed fictional worlds and compelling plots are all around us (e.g. in TV series in the evening, the comic book in the school bus, browser games during your lunch break) and affect many aspects of our daily lives. This dominance of narratives can also be traced in one of the most productive research areas to date: advertising, where ever-evolving commercial interests result in innovative uses of narrative elements. Some popular narratives transcend media-specific boundaries and offer experiences in which we ourselves turn into characters as in theme parks, holiday resorts, or fan conventions.
Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to:
- Pop culture and its ‘classic’ media/ genres (e.g. film / TV, music, photography, comics, novels, visual arts etc.)
- Transmedial and transgeneric phenomena in popular narratives
- Narratives and non-linguistic phenomena of pop culture (leisure time activities, food, clothing, concerts, theme parks etc.)
- The ideology/ ideologies of pop narratives
- Narrative identity (individual/ collective) and pop culture
- Participation culture and pop narratives
- Advertising, pop culture and narratology
- Meta-theoretical discussions on pop culture and narratives
- Diachronic perspectives on the development of pop culture and its narratives
Papers should be 30 minutes (either English or German) and each paper will be accompanied by a 15-minute discussion. Please send abstracts for papers (no longer than 500 words in PDF or Word format), along with a short biographical sketch, by 01 April 2014 to:
We are looking forward to your submissions.
Anne-Catherine Höffer M.A.