The Alice Munro Symposium, 9-11 May 2014

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Department of English, University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa, May 9-11, 2014
Call For Papers

Called variously "one of our greatest living short story writers," "our Chekhov," and "the living writer most likely to be read in a hundred years," Alice Munro has made a lasting impression on readers and writers of short stories around the world. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on the significance and craft of Munro's short fiction, for a symposium to be held at the University of Ottawa as part of the Canadian Literature Symposium series ( Participants are welcome to address such subjects as Munro's influence(s), the business side of her writing career, her American impact and contexts, film adaptations of her work, her status in the academy and the wider culture, her international stature, and Munro as interview subject. Also encouraged are analyses of her work that focus on the integrity of single volumes, distinct phases of her literary development, her generic experimentation with family history, memoir, and autobiographical fiction, and the importance of place in her writing.

Confirmed participants include keynote speakers Robert Thacker and Charles E. May, Munro's Canadian and American editors Douglas Gibson, Ann Close, and Charles McGrath, and her long-time American agent Virginia Barber. A panel of writers speaking on Munro's importance to themselves and others will include Alistair MacLeod, Lisa Moore, and Robert McGill.

Proposals should be approximately 300 words, clearly outlining the text(s) and argument to be presented in a paper designed for oral delivery. With a brief (50 word) bio-blurb, the proposals should be sent to both co-chairs of the symposium, Janice Fiamengo ( and Gerald Lynch ( Please send proposals by email attachment as word attachments (.doc).

Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2013. Early submissions are encouraged.