Papers are invited for a two-day refereed conference on Disnarration from 1st to 2nd March 2013, at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India.
Professor Jasbir Jain, Hon Director, Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (IRIS), Sahitya Akademi Writer-in-Residence, 2009
Professor Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor and Coordinator, Centre of Advanced Study, Department of English, Jadavpur University
Gerald Prince’s introduction of the ‘disnarrated’ in 1988 marks an interesting milestone in the evolution of narrative theory. The notion of what could have, but does not happen in a narrative, opens up new ways of looking at texts and at their visibility, overt and implicit. An early landmark text in this tradition is Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1818), which raises the spectre of the gothic novel through irony and parody, precisely in order to refuse to narrate it.
Papers, 20 minutes long, are invited on the modes and uses of disnarration in texts as well as counterfactual historical novels, which by presenting an alternate history, address issues and sentiments, taking the idea of disnarration ahead.
Please submit email abstracts of approximately 300 words, plus a brief bio-note in MS Word format. Contact Email: email@example.com
Deadline for abstracts is 30th September 2012.
Topics include, but are not restricted to:
* Self-reflexivity through the disnarrated
* The disnarrated as a retardatory device
* Economy and Disnarration
* Competing stories, narrative logic
* Disnarration and compulsions of context
* Disnarration and thresholds of interpretation
Dr Sudha Shastri
Associate Professor of English,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,
IIT Bombay, Mumbai, INDIA
91-22-25767380 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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