The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia – June 1 – 4, 2018 THE FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS The Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference will be the first one outside the United States of America, and it will take place in Serbia. John Updike visited Belgrade in 1978—it was then the capital of Yugoslavia and now it is the capital of Serbia. Updike also visited Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, which was then one of the six constitutive republics of Yugoslavia. In both cities Updike gave important interviews for magazines and TV stations. Papers on any aspectRead More →

The American Short Story: New Horizons Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany October 5-7, 2017  Program coordinator: Oliver Scheiding  Organizing Committee: James Nagel, Olivia Edenfield, Elke D’hoker, Jochen Achilles, Dustin Anderson, Damien Schlarb Throughout its history, the American short story has been praised either as a highly polished gem or condemned as literary fast food. Despite such rise-and-fall predictions, the short story has always been a demanding form. Its narrative economy in terms of time and space records decisive, intimate moments of life that give the American Short Story a broad social resonance. As such, the short story offers a vibrant field of research. There is aRead More →

Short Fiction: Co-texts and Contexts University of Leuven (KU Leuven), 4-5-6 May 2017 Since the emergence of the modern short story as a distinct literary form in the second half of the nineteenth century, many critics and writers have sought to decide what it is exactly that distinguishes the short story from longer fiction, such as the novella or the novel – Is it length? Conciseness? A specific thematic concern? Or a particular stylistic feature? The matter has not yet been settled. Perhaps we need to look to more circumstantial, material elements for a pragmatic answer to that question. Indeed, one could argue that oneRead More →

FInal Programme The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre   An American Literature Association Symposium Sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story October 20-22, 2016   Symposium Director: James Nagel, University of Georgia   Hyatt Regency Savannah Two W Bay Street Savannah, Georgia 31401 The American Short Story:  An Expansion of the Genre An American Literature Association Symposium Sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story October 20-22, 2016 Hyatt Regency Savannah Two W Bay Street Savannah, Georgia 31401     Symposium Director: James Nagel, University of Georgia     Acknowledgments:   The conferenceRead More →

‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media Edge Hill University, UK     Day 1, Friday 13th May 2016   TIME SESSION VENUE 8.30 – 9.00 Registration & Refreshments Business School Foyer 9.00 – 9.30 Welcome address B001 9.30 – 11.00 Parallel Sessions: Panels 1 & 2 Panel 1: Form, Format and Short Story Publishing B002 Narrative Empathetic Writing Devices: A Study of Short Fiction Formatting. Amanda Bigler (Loughborough University, UK) Embracing Modes: How the children of this century have employed the online publisher. Lisa Blower (independent scholar, UK) Does the Short Story exist? George Green (Lancaster University, UK)   Panel 2:Read More →

  http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/features-competition/ FREE ENTRY 750 to 2,000 words. £500 first prize, plus 2x runner-up prizes £100 each Deadline: 06 March 2016, 11:59pm (GMT). Calling for feature essays on the short story form, either recommending a short story, collection or anthology, or profiling the life and writing of a short story writer. We look, above all, at the quality of prose, the insights offered, and your ability to really hook your readers. The focus must be on the short story form (short stories, though, are not eligible for entry).Read More →

Society for the Study of the American Short Story  Call for Papers  The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre  A Symposium of the American Literature Association The Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS) requests proposals for papers and presentations at an international symposium on the short story to be held in Savannah, October 20-22, 2016, at the Hyatt Hotel. More information regarding hotel reservations, keynote speakers, and registrations details will be available in the spring of 2016 and will be posted on the new Society website: americanshortstory.org.Read More →

‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media Edge Hill University, UK, May 13-14, 2016: deadline for proposals extended to January 31st 2016. Writing in 1936, Elizabeth Bowen said: ‘The short story is a young art; as we now know it, it is the child of this century. Poetic tautness and clarity are so essential to it that it may be said to stand at the edge of prose; in its use of action it is nearer to drama than to the novel. The cinema, itself busy with a technique, is of the same generation; in the last thirty years theRead More →

Haunting in Short Fiction and Its Adaptations 20-21 November 2015, University of Angers, France Edge Hill University, University of Leuven, University of Le Mans, University of Nantes, University of Angers and the European Network for Short Fiction Research Friday 20 November 2015 9 a.m. registration 9.30 – 11 a.m. PANELS 1, 2 Panel 1: Maternal Ghosts ¡ Frida Kahlo room Helen E. Mundler, Université Paris-Est Créteil The maternal impulse as ghost: three hauntings in contemporary women’s fiction: A.S. Byatt, Fay Weldon, Alison Lurie Pascale Tollance, Université de Lyon 2 A Writer’s Ghosts: The Spectre of Matricide in A.S Byatt’s “The Changeling” Leslie de Bont, UniversitéRead More →