Short Fiction in Theory & Practice 6.2 includes articles on plot, on auto ethnography and writing short fiction by practitioners David Jauss, Alex Plasatis and Michael Stewart.  There are also critical articles on Maeve Brennan, Angela Carter and Alice Munro, an interview with Kirsty Gunn, book reviews and more.Read More →

Twentieth-Century British Periodicals: Words and Art on the Printed Page, 1900-1999 4 July 2017 Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, UK Current scholarship on twentieth-century periodicals is moving beyond the study of the ‘little’ magazine and avant-garde publications. Many mainstream and specialist periodicals, including tabloids, broadsheets, illustrated newspapers, illustrated magazines, fashion magazines, ‘slick’ magazines, women’s magazines, art periodicals, trade and specialist periodicals, pulps, reviews, and political and campaigning magazines have yet to receive sustained critical attention. This interdisciplinary one-day * conference, coordinated by Dr Kate Macdonald, University of Reading, and Emma West, Cardiff University, will bring together scholars and collectorsRead More →

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 →

Congratulations to Jessie Greengrass, winner of the 10th anniversary Edge Hill Prize for her collection, An Account of The Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw It.  She will be reading alongside Kirsty Gunn and Kevin Barry at the launch of the Edge Hill Prize anthology, Head Land edited by Rodge Glass at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 27th.Read 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 →