UPDATE: The Fiction of Nonfiction (grad) (2/16/07; (dis)junctions, 4/6/07-4/7/07)

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UPDATE: The Fiction of Nonfiction (grad) (2/16/07; (dis)junctions, 4/6/07-4/7/07)

This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be held at (dis)junctions 2007: Malappropriation Nation at the University of California Riverside’s 14th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference on April 6-7, 2007.

The recent controversy around James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces has exposed several key concerns around the writing of nonfiction. Considering the fact that many “fictional” books contain autobiographical details and that “nonfiction’s” claims to truth have been undercut by poststructuralist criticism of many stripes, has the fiction/ nonfiction binary been rendered useless?

With this in mind, contributors are invited to submit papers that address any aspect of the fiction/ nonfiction controversy. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

        Is there such a thing as fiction?
        Is there such a thing as nonfiction?
        Recall and memory in memoir writing
        Ethical concerns of writing
        Marketing “the truth”
        Implications/ effects of the “Based on/ Inspired by a true story/ actual events” caveat

In addition to critical examinations of the above themes, creative works that consciously blur the binary of fiction/ nonfiction are also encouraged.
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted by email to michael.podolny_at_email.ucr.edu by the deadline of February 16, 2007. Please include all contact information and institution affiliation.

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