Framing Narratives

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Grace Morgan Armstrong/NEMLA
contact email: 

Please consider submitting an abstract for the following session at NEMLA in Philadelphia, PA, 3/11-14, 2021. Abstracts (300 words+ short bio) must be received by September 30 at




Framing Narratives:  NEMLA, 52ND ANNUAL CONVENTION
March 11-14, 2021 - Philadelphia, PA


(Comparative Literature / Cultural Studies and Media Studies)



The notion of “frame narratives” has a long and honorable history in narratological studies and is updated here under the theme of the 2021 NEMLA convention “Tradition and Innovation.” How narratives are framed visually is a subject in fields as chronologically separated as 21st-century research on graphic novels and comics and the study of framed miniatures in illustrated Medieval manuscripts. This session proposes to update the traditional narratological conception of “frame narratives” to include the interpretive consequences of visual, in addition to rhetorical, framing. Proposals from different national literatures and time periods are welcome.


Grace M. Armstrong

Schenck 1907 Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Bryn Mawr Collegeq