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Emerging Vectors of Narratology


The 3rd Conference of the European Narratology Network
March 29 and 30, 2013
Pre-Conference Doctoral Seminar – March 27 and 28, 2013
Paris, France

Emerging Vectors of Narratology:
Toward Consolidation or Diversification?
Paris, March 29 and 30, 2013
Organized by the Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage (CRAL – CNRS/EHESS)

Deadline for submission of proposed papers (200 words): October 15, 2012
Send submissions to the conference coordinators:
John Pier: and Philippe Roussin:
Please write “ENN Conference: Submission” in the subject line.
Acceptances will be sent out on November 15, 2012
Registration for the Conference will open on November 15, 2012
Deadline for registration: January 10, 2013
Registration fee: 165 € – Students: 85 €
In order to take part in the conference, participants must be members of the ENN.
To register as a member, please consult the ENN website – “How to join the ENN”
The official languages of the Conference are English and French. En français cliquer ici
The Conference will take place at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris:
Fondation des États-Unis – 15, bd Jourdan
Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre – 9A, bd Jourdan
75014 Paris – RER station: Cité Universitaire

It can be observed that postclassical narratology, in its initial phase, expanded the scope of inquiry of its predecessor to become multiple, interdisciplinary, transgeneric, transmedial. More recently, it appears that narratology has entered a phase of consolidation, but with a continued trend toward diversification.
What does this consolidation consist of, and in what ways can narratology be said to diversify? Are narratologies, in the plural, evolving toward narratology, in the singular – possibly to become a discipline in the full sense of the term? Does diversification imply more double-entry narratologies, or does it, perhaps simultaneously, involve a look at the various scientific cultures underlying research programs in narrative theory, past and present, but also non-Western? As theoreticians address issues of cognition and context in narrative, in what ways should the role of poetics in narratology be rethought?
Ubiquitous, stories have encouraged narratologists to expand their purview beyond the literary corpus and take the “narrative turn,” embracing fields as diverse as psychology, sociology, ethnology, history, the law, corporate management, digital technology, and more. But whatever the universals common to all narratives, literary scholars, psychotherapists, sociologists, ethnologists, historians, jurists, advertising executives and AI experts view narrative in significantly different ways and as serving purposes that may be wholly at odds from one field to another. What, then, is the influence on narrative of genre – not necessarily in the sense of traditional literary scholarship, but possibly in that of “speech genres” (Bakhtin), those “relatively fixed forms” that bridge the gap between units of language or other signifying systems and discourse in its prolific manifestations? Then, too, is the question of narrative in non-verbal forms – the plastic arts and music – but also narrative in its pluri-medial forms.
Yet other questions arise. If, as Barthes stressed nearly half a century ago, narrative is a universal anthropological phenomenon, to what extent is it constitutive of culture? Can similar lines of inquiry be pursued with regard to homo narrans, the storytelling animal?
Such are but a few of the questions open for debate at the 3rd Conference of the ENN, hosted by the Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris on March 29 and 30, 2013.

Keynote Speakers

Raphaël Baroni, Associate Professor of French, University of Lausanne
“From Formal Description to Rhetoric and Interpretation: Challenges for a Broader Narratology”

José Ángel García Landa, Senior Lecturer in English, Universidad de Zaragoza
“The Story behind any Story: Evolution, Historicity, and Narrative Mapping”

Jan-Christoph Meister, Professor of German, Hamburg University
“Towards a Computational Narratology”

Brian Richardson, Professor of English, University of Maryland
“The Limits of Narrative”

Jean-Marie Schaeffer, Directeur d’études, EHESS, and Directeur de recherche, CNRS
“From Narrativity to Story-Telling”

Dan Shen, Changjiang Professor of English Language and Literature, Peking University
“Poetics, Critical Model, and Contextualization: Consolidation or Diversification?”

Raphaël Baroni is an associate professor of didactics for the teaching of French as a foreign language at the University of Lausanne. In 2005, he created, with Thérèse Jeanneret, the Research Group on Language Biographies, and in 2010, with Françoise Revaz, the narratology network of French-speaking Switzerland (RRN, His work seeks both to develop the general theory of narrative and to take into account its implications for the teaching of literature and foreign languages. Author of more than sixty articles, Baroni has published two books on narrative tension, the poetics of the plot and the relationship between time and literary narration: L’OEuvre du temps. Poétique de la discordance narrative (2009) and La Tension narrative (2007). He has also co-edited several books and journal issues, including “Rencontre de narrativités : perspectives sur l’intrigue musicale” (Cahiers de narratologie, n° 21, 2011) and Le Savoir des genres (2007).

José Ángel García Landa (MA Brown University, Ph.D. University of Zaragoza) is a senior lecturer in English at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, University of Zaragoza. He has coedited the Longman Critical Reader on Narratology (1996) and the volumes Gender, I-deology (1996) and Theorizing Narrativity (2008). He is the author of Samuel Beckett y la Narración Reflexiva (1992) and of Acción, Relato, Discurso: Estructura de la ficción narrativa (1998). He is the past editor of Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies and is currently editing A Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism and Philology, a free-access online resource.

Jan Christoph Meister is a professor of Modern German Literature at Hamburg University. Previous appointments include professorships at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich). In addition to his research on German authors ranging from Schnabel and Goethe to Broch, Ernst Weiß, Leo Perutz and Uwe Timm, he specializes in narratology and the digital humanities. He is currently director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Narratology (ICN) at Hamburg University and executive editor of the online Living Handbook of Narratology. His narratological publications include Computing Action. A Narratological Approach (2003), Einführung in die Erzähltextanalyse (with Silke Lahn, 2008) and two edited volumes: Literary Criticism: Mediality, Disciplinarity (2005) and Time: From Concept to Narrative Construct. A Reader (2011).

Brian Richardson is a professor in the English Department at the University of Maryland, where he teaches modern literature and narrative theory. He is the author or co-author of three books: Unlikely Stories: Causality and the Nature of Modern Narrative (1997); Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction (2006; Perkins Prize winner); and Narrative Theory: Critical Concepts and Current Debates, with David Herman, James Phelan, Peter Rabinowitz, and Robyn Warhol (2012). He has edited three anthologies: Narrative Dynamics: Essays on Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames (2002); Narrative Beginnings: Theories and Practices (2008); and A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative (with Jan Alber and Henrik Skov Nielsen; forthcoming). He has guest edited special issues of Style on “Concepts of Narrative” (34.2, 2000) and on “The Implied Author” (44.1, 2011) and has published articles on many aspects of modernism and narrative theory, including plot, time, character, narration, reflexivity, and reader response theory. In 2011, he was President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. He is currently completing a book on the theory and history of unnatural narratives from antiquity to postmodernism.

Jean-Marie Schaeffer is Directeur d’études at the EHESS and Directeur de recherche at the CNRS. He works in the fields of philosophical aesthetics, philosophy of mind and literary studies. His publications include Petite écologie des études littéraires (2010), La fin de l’exception humaine (2007), Why Fiction? (2011; originally in French, 1999), Art of the Modern Age (2000; originally in French, 1992) and, in collaboration with Nathalie Heinich, Art, création, fiction. Entre philosophie et création (2004).

Dan Shen (Ph.D. Edinburgh) is Changjiang Professor of English and Director of the Center for European and American Literatures at Peking University. She is on the advisory board of Style and a member of the editorial boards of Language and Literature and JLS: Journal of Literary Semantics as well as consultant editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Apart from her numerous books and essays published in China, she has published more than thirty essays in North America and Europe in the journals Narrative, Poetics Today, Style, JNT: The Journal of Narrative Theory, etc. as well as in the online Living Handbook of Narratology. Her book project Style and Rhetoric of Short Narrative Fiction

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