Registration is now open for this one-day conference on 4th September, exploring the manifold functions of the novel in contemporary society. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main aim of the conference is to raise various questions related to the position of the novel being more than just a novel: What is its use? Is reading a novel a way of understanding people better? Can a novel affect people’s way of thinking? Papers will discuss their point of view in terms of the novel’s function in literature as a genre and in life as a way of expression.
10.00 to 10.15: Registration/Reception
10.15 to 10.30: Refreshments
10.30 to 11.00
1st speaker: Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Bennett (University of Bristol), “‘What must it have been like?’: Suicide, Empathy and the Use of Contemporary Fiction”
11.10 to 11.40
2nd Speaker: Natasha Cooper (Durham University), “The Novel and Intertextual Reworking: The Reconstruction of the Epic Female”
11.50 to 12.20
3rd Speaker: Rachel Darling (King’s College of London), “‘The Novel is a Self-Evident Sham’: Metafiction and Authorship in Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two Birds and Martin Amis’s Money”
12.30 to 13.30: Break
13.30 to 14.00
4th Speaker: Stefano Rossoni (UCL), “Between Form and Knowledge: The Novel’s Anti-Canon”
14.10 to 14.40
5th Speaker: Agata Kolodziej (Jagiellonian University), “Collaborative Fiction as a Community Event. When Authors are Readers and Readers are Authors”
14.50 to 15.20
6th Speaker: Madalena Lobo Antunes (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), “The spontaneous combustion of the novel: Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet”
15.30 to 16.00
7th Speaker: John Marc Wilson (Aberystwyth University), “A Palpable Void: The Remediation of Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles as a Visual Work of Art in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes”
All are welcome. For more information or to register please contact email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference takes place in the Pennington Room, Grey College, Durham University.