Narratologies of Science, a special issue of Journal of Narrative Theory

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Aureliano Newman / University of Toronto

Call For Papers: JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory

Special Issue: Narratologies of Science

Guest edited by Daniel Aureliano Newman, University of Toronto (

JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory invites submissions for a special issue on Narratologies of Science. In Darwin’s Plots, Gillian Beer influentially argued that new scientific theories resist narrativization but also, through this resistance, spur narrative innovations. Nearly 40 years later, much about Beer’s insight remains to be investigated. When scientists struggle to communicate alienatingly strange or hypercomplex scientific information into verbal or visual form, what narrative elements emerge and how do these potentially advance the study—and practice—of narrative? The special issue of JNT therefore examines how science expands and/or challenges our understanding of narrative and narrative theory, either by bringing to light new narrative possibilities or by exposing the need for new or refined narratological models.

I invite proposals for essays exploring these questions from a thoroughgoing narrative-theoretical perspective. Though a wide range of approaches is welcome, I am highly interested in essays that engage with post-classical, unnatural and/or contextual narratology. I am also particularly interested in essays that examine scientific fields and practices that have enjoyed relatively little attention by narrative scholars.

Proposals (max. 500 words) should be sent to, along with a brief professional bio, by March 31, 2021. Inquiries are most welcome.

The deadline for first drafts of full essays is November 15, 2021. These will be between 25-35 pages (no less than 6,500 words), double-spaced with one-inch margins, and in MLA Style (latest edition).

Deadline for Proposals: March 31, 2021