Registration and Programme for Is a Novel Just a Novel


collins novelsRegistration is now open for this one-day conference on 4th September, exploring the manifold functions of the novel in contemporary society. To register, email arya.aryan@durham.ac.uk.

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.

Programme

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

Registration

All are welcome. For more information or to register please contact arya.aryan@durham.ac.uk and/or selime.soyucok@durham.ac.uk. 

The conference takes place in the Pennington Room, Grey College, Durham University.

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