Beyond Narrative: Literature, Culture, and the Borderlands of Narrativity (Program)


Conference at American Studies Leipzig
10-12 October, 2019
Beethovenstr. 6, 04107 Leipzig (University Library Lecture Hall)

This conference aims to map the borderlands of narrativity. It asks how the narrative and the non-
narrative—tied to symbolic forms such as database, play, spectacle, network, or the lyric—work together in instances of cultural expression.


Thursday, October 10

  • 5pm: Opening and Welcome
  • 5.30-7pm: Keynote Lecture I
    • Jared Gardner (Ohio State)
    • Title: “Play/Time: The Long History of Comics and Games (& What It Can Teach us About the Future of Both)”
    • Response by Katja Kanzler (Leipzig)
    • Chair: Gesine Wegner (Dresden)
  • 7.30pm: Dinner


Friday, October 11

  • 9.30-11am: Panel I: Media / Graphic Novels
    • Lukas R.A. Wilde (Tübingen): “Characters without Stories – On the Pre-Narrative State of Fictional Characters”
    • Charlotte Pylyser (Leuven): “Narrative on Edge in the Belgian Graphic Novel”
    • Chair: Katharina Gerund (Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • 11-11.30am: Coffee Break
  • 11.30am-1pm: Keynote Lecture II
    • Caroline Levine (Cornell, remotely via Zoom)
    • Title: “Endings and Sustainability”
    • Response by James Dorson (Berlin)
    • Chair: Stefan Schubert (Leipzig)
  • 1-2.30pm: Lunch
  • 2.30-4.30pm: Panel II: Literature
    • Fiorenzo Iuliano (Cagliari): “The Portrait of a Fugue: Henry James’s Baroque Consonances”
    • Laureano Corces (Fairleigh Dickinson): “Expressionist Rambling and Baroque Spectacle in Selected Latin American Texts”
    • Sarah Link (Freiburg): “Narrative and Scientific Logic in Detective Fiction”
    • Chair: Regina Schober (Mannheim)
  • 4.30-5.30pm: Poster Presentations on “Narrative Liminality” / Coffee Break
  • 5.30-7pm: Keynote Lecture III
    • Maurice S. Lee (Boston)
    • Title: “Stirring Enumerations”
    • Response by Sebastian M. Herrmann (Leipzig)
    • Chair: Stefan Schubert (Leipzig)
  • 7.30pm: Dinner


Saturday, October 12

  • 9.30-11am: Panel III: Lyricality
    • Samuel Caleb Wee (Vancouver): “Narrativity (versus) Poeticity? Rethinking the Threshold in Narrative Theory”
    • Otilia Teodorescu-Stadler (Konstanz): “Memory and Narrative Liminality in Marlene Nourbese Philip’s Zong!
    • Chair: Michaela Beck (Dresden)
  • 11-11.30am: Coffee Break
  • 11.30am-1pm: Panel IV: Play
    • Sören Schoppmeier (Berlin): “Residues on the Palimpsest: Red Dead Redemption’s Ambient Operations and the Narrative Liminalities of the Database Western”
    • Kübra Aksay (Freiburg): “Playing the Narrative in Return of the Obra Dinn
    • Chair: Sebastian Domsch (Greifswald)
  • 1pm: Farewell
  • 1-2pm: Optional Lunch


The conference is free and open to the public. Students and other guests are welcome to attend the conference (including only individual sessions).

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