CfP: Experimental Narratives: From the Novel to Digital Storytelling

Call For Papers:
26-27 February 2015,
Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, University of London

‚Forms evolve‘ – ‚Forms are there to serve the culture, and when they  die, they die for a good reason – or so I have to believe, the novel  having long since gone dark for me‘
(David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life)

Major changes in the twentieth and twenty-first century media  landscape have raised a number of questions about the role of the  novel in contemporary culture. Its main structural components seem to  have been superseded with postmodernity. Yet, while some writers and  critics claim that ‚the novel is dead‘ (Shields) or ‚culturally  irrelevant‘ (Lee) in our society, others still defend its crucial role  in making sense of the world.

This conference aims to provide a forum for discussion of the  experiments and changes in the novel form since the early twentieth  century and their relationship to the culture and society in which  they have been situated. We are interested in a comparative  perspective that might help to understand the changes in the novel as  a phenomenon over time and across cultural boundaries. Our overarching  questions will be: how has the novel form changed through  experimentation from modernism to digital narratives? And what is the  future of the novel in the ‚post-print era‘ (Hayles)? […]

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