3rd Annual New Narrative Conference

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3rd Annual New Narrative Conference: Narrative Arts and Visual Media
An Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Toronto May 6-7 2010

In keeping with the spirit of sequels, we are again soliciting papers on a wide range of graphic novels, art, and related visual media. Comics, whether in the form of novelistic illustrations, newspaper serials, animated films, film adaptations, graphic novels, or sequential art novels, have been with us since the rise of literature itself, yet until recently such media have never been considered "serious"—or at least serious enough to be considered novels on university syllabi. But are illustrated novels and live action films really about the pictures and not the narrative? How can the history of the form be reconciled with consumer culture and the ill-defined categories of "high" and "low" culture?

Papers which examine and interpret these narratives in interdisciplinary forms are most welcome. Essays on novelistic illustrations, newspaper serials, animated films, film adaptations, graphic novels or sequential art narratives, may consider the following (incomplete) list: graphic novels and auto/biography, illustrated and multimedia works, web design and online comix, film adaptations of comics, series; engravings and caricatures, the Comics Code Authority, the "invention" of manga, geo/politics, war, and the graphic novel, bande desinee & European commix, early comics & comic history, illustrations in (literary) novels, woodcut and "silent" artists,

Proposals should be 400-500 words and must clearly indicate significance, the line of argument, principal texts considered, and relation to existing scholarship, (or originality).
One email copy of the proposal, and a 50 word bio note must be included, as an attachment in MS Word.
This conference will take place just before the Toronto Comic Arts Festival May 8&9 (See Torontocomics.com)

Jeff Parker, Assistant Professor and/or Professor Andrew Lesk, Department of English, University of Toronto
Email: Andrew.lesk@utoronto.ca
DEADLINE for proposals: March 31, 2010
(responses by April 08, 2010)