Reconceptualizing Narrative: Structures, Systems, Boundaries (September 5-6, 2014)

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Rice University English Graduate Symposium
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As we witness the rapidity with which various systems-theoretical approaches have begun to gain critical and literary currency, we would like to consider the relations among narrative, structure, and system.

The 2014 Rice University English Graduate Symposium welcomes individual and panel proposals that address any of the following topics as they relate to any and all forms of narrative across all time periods and disciplines:

American literature
American studies
art history
British literature
comparative literature
critical animal studies
critical race
cultural studies
ecocriticism and environmental studies
film studies
gender and sexuality
history of the book
literary and cultural theory
narrative theory
political economy/capitalism
postcolonial studies
religious studies
science studies
speculative realisms
systems theory
transnational studies

This year's featured keynote speakers are Bruce Clarke of Texas Tech University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth University.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Individual paper proposals and panel proposals accompanied by an additional brief panel rationale will be accepted. The time allotted for each presentation is 20 minutes. Please email abstracts to as a Word document or PDF.

The deadline for submissions is ­May 31, 2014. The conference committee will notify applicants by July 1, 2014. Authors accepted to the conference will receive further information regarding payment and travel arrangements. A $50 registration fee includes conference pack, meals, and libations.