CFP: [General] Ethics and / of Formalism; Narrative: Austin, May 1-4, 2008

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Anna Kornbluh
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Ethics and / of Formalism â€" Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, Austin, May 1-4, 2008

Contemporary theory has often associated ethics with particularizing impulses in narrative and in
criticism. In the interest of ethics that strive to reach beyond the particular, we request submissions
for one or more panels that ask about narrative form as a site of ethical relation and generalization,
and about the ethical purchase of formalist approaches to narrative.

What is a narrative ethos? How do narrative forms theorize or enact universalisms?
Through what means do narrative forms engage the social realm in ethically deliberative ways? How
does the aesthetic nature of narrative form, its imaginative and counter-factual resources, exert
ethical force? Might formalist reading open new constellations of the ethical? Do the differing
narrative forms and conventions in different literary movements manifest different ethics? Possible
topics also include the ethics of narrative limits, narrator as ethical agent, the ethics of narrative
temporalities, narrative formalization of ethical relations.

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to Anna Kornbluh at by 12 October. Mia
L. McIver ( is also a co-coordinator.

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