In The Country and The City (1973) the Welsh cultural theorist Raymond Williams wrote that the landscapes of the country are associated ‘with the idea of a natural way of life: of peace, innocence, and simple virtue’, whereas, city is associated with ‘the idea of an achieved centre: of learning, communication, light (p.1. 1973). Williams goes on to claim that ‘powerful hostile associations’ have developed between the city and country, with the ‘city as a place of noise, worldliness and ambition’ and ‘the country as a place of backwardness, ignorance, limitation’ and that the ‘contrast between country and city’ is a ‘fundamental’ approach to literary representations to these different landscapes. (p.1. 1973). This conference will aim to consider the work that short story writers have done in supporting, disputing and subverting these claims in their depictions of landscapes. It will aim to consider a plethora of landscapes including, but not limited to, rural, urban, barren, populated, cosmopolitan, pastoral, flourishing, dying, futuristic, ancient, native, foreign, hostile, welcoming.
The other strand of short fiction writing that this conference will consider is depictions of temporality. Michael Trussler, in his paper in Contemporary Literature, writes that ‘short stories seem particularly concerned with investigating the nature of temporality. An elemental human experience is the chronological progression of time; we respond to this rudimentary condition by essentially narrativizing this process through linking events into a continuous series. Short stories intimate, however, that translating events into a continuum potentially reduces the ‘meaning’ of an event to its relative significance within an ongoing series. Opposed to synoptic assimilation (the method most historians and novelists favour), short stories maintain that the narratives we tell ourselves often mask the incongruities of existential temporality’ (p.599-600, 2002). This conference will aim to consider the relationship that the short story form has in its depictions of temporality and ask does the short story form do things uniquely, that other literary forms don’t do, in its depiction of temporality.
This conference will also engage with Mikhail M. Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope. In The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, Bakhtin defines a chronotope as ‘time space’, which allows literary critics to analyse how the ‘intrinsic connectedness of temporal and spatial relationships’ is ‘artistically represented in literature’ (p.84. 1981). Bakhtin goes on to state that in a chronotope, ‘Time […] thickens […and] becomes artistically visible’, and space becomes ‘charged and responsive to the movements of time, plot and history’ (p.250. 1981.) We aim to bring together scholars with an interest in examining these tensions and the different ways in which short story depicts landscapes and temporality. The conference’s goal is not to look at the short form in antagonism to other literary forms, but rather, we invite papers that cross-examine the marginal spaces that short fiction occupies and the intersections between landscape and temporality, that the short story form can shine a light upon.
The University of Angers is organizing a closing conference for the Short Forms Beyond Borders (SFBB) pedagogical innovation project (European Erasmus + “Strategic Partnerships”) July 10-12, 2023. These three days will be structured as a “Multiplier Event,” i.e. a conference which aims to share the results of the project and initiate a reflection about its impact through the organization of conferences, workshops, and round tables. The SFBB project draws connections between research and innovative pedagogy through a focus on “short forms.” The diverse objects of study and tools in short formats can be the following: news, micro-news, tweets, pitches, Facebook or Instagram posts, short videos, short fiction, fanfiction, short films, news flashes, street art, cartoons, songs, etc.
The conference will be addressed to not only short form specialists but also primary and secondary school teachers interested in pedagogy and didactics. It also aims to reach a wider audience who might be curious to know more about these short forms which have always been associated with education, but are particularly present in contemporary modes of information and communication, often in ways of which we are not aware.
This interdisciplinary and international meeting will allow the partners of the project to present the results of their activities in innovative pedagogy with short formats to not only the pedagogical and scientific community, but also to researchers from various disciplines in the humanities, languages and social sciences. We would like to continue to reflect upon these short forms that we often struggle to define and therefore welcome presentations or activities (innovative forms are welcome) about the following topics
– Short forms and pedagogical practices
– Short literary, audiovisual and cultural forms
– Short forms and tourism
– Short forms and social mediation
– Short forms and migration
Languages of the conference: English and French
In person attendance is required (no online presentations will be allowed), but a hybrid format will be considered for foreign audiences to attend the discussions and conferences.
A peer-reviewed publication is planned for conference presentations.
Please send a brief (300 word) description of your proposed presentation, along with a brief (150 word) bio-bibliography to the following addresses by 28 February 2023 [deadline extension]:
Cécile Meynard: email@example.com
Michelle Ryan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emmanuel Vernadakis: email@example.com
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:
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, Université de Nantes
“Effy’s Passion for the Mother Who Had Not Loved her Was the Supernatural Thing”: Haunting as an expression of attachment in May Sinclair’s “The Intercessor”
Panel 2: Domestic Ghosts ¡ Germaine Tillion room Continue reading “Conference Programme: Haunting in Short Fiction and Its Adaptations”
Short Fiction Writers With a Theory: Re-Reading Short Fiction Theory Through the Lens of New Writing and New Media
11-12 June 2015, Université Catholique de Lille, France
Room RS 248 — 58 rue du Port — 59000 Lille
European Network for Short Fiction Research
* Reading Short Fiction in Transnational Contexts *
Friday 17th + Saturday 18th April 2015
Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, Ireland
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Michelle Ryan-Sautour and Gérald Préher
PART ONE: TRACES OF ORAL TRADITION: VOICES, DIALOGUES AND CONVERSATIONS
Skipping and Gasping, Sighing and Hoping in Colum McCann’s “Aisling”: The Making of a Poet
Narration as Conversation: Patterns of Community-making in Colm Tóibín’s The Empty Family
“Elemental and Plain”: Story-Telling in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields
Call for Papers: Affect and the Short Story (Cycle)
The Journal of the Short Story in English announces a call for papers for an upcoming special section—“Affect and the Short Story (Cycle)”
The guest editors are interested in papers addressing how the field of Affect Studies can help inform the ways we read short stories and the ways we theorize about formal and generic labels like the Short Story and, especially, the Short Story Cycle. We are also interested in papers that make use of short story or short story theory in ways that might inform our understanding of the transmission and operation of affect and emotion.
Submissions might put affect theorists such as Sara Ahmed and Sianne Ngai into conversation with scholars of the short story and cycle like Susan Garland Mann and James Nagel. Other approaches might examine the implications of Deleuzian understandings of affect for both genre (Is the short story a particularly minoritarian form?) and structure (Can Deleuze and Guattari’s conception of the plateau illuminate the affective workings of the cycle structure?).
Suitable submissions will follow the guidelines posted on the JSSE website
(http://jsse.revues.org/234) and deal explicitly with understandings of emotion in topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
-Affect and the short story
-Affect and the short story cycle
-Affect in the short story
-The affective power of the short story
-Brevity and affect
-The role of the affective moment (the epiphany, the moment of being, the
moment of time) in the short story
-Affect and genre (the gothic, sentimental literature, etc.)
-Affects and categories
The guest editors welcome studies of individual stories and short story cycles, as well as comparative studies, from a range of periods. Inquiries, as well as complete and correctly formatted articles should be submitted directly to the section editors at both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by September 1, 2014.
Guest Editors: Paul Ardoin, Florida State University
Fiona McWilliam, Florida State University
Call for Articles for a special issue of the Journal of Short Stories in English devoted to D. H. Lawrence
Guest editors: Christine Zaratsian (Aix-Marseille Université) and Shirley Bricout (Montpellier III)
Transgressing Borders and Borderlines
This special issue aims at bringing into focus the patterns of transgression which map out borders and borderlines as well as in-between territories in D. H. Lawrence’s shorter fiction. The characters he stages within the boundaries of the stories evolve along patterns of harmony and discord which lead them to transgress limits as they “seek that invisible and promised territory, that country that does not exist but that [they bear in their] dreams, and that must indeed be called a beyond” (Julia Kristéva, Strangers to Ourselves).
Lawrence himself crossed geographical borders when he left his native country, breaking free from political, social and religious conventions. He also tested and transgressed literary norms by blurring the limits of shorter fiction which developed into novellas, long short stories or short novels, a range Pierre Tibi expounds on in his Aspects de la nouvelle. In April 1924, on the day he sent “The Border Line” to his agent Curtis Brown, Lawrence encapsulated his approach to writing shorter fiction in a letter to his American editor Thomas Seltzer: “I am busy doing a few short stories – I wish they’d stay shorter. But they are the result of Europe, and perhaps a bit dismal.” In his lifetime, Lawrence published five volumes of short stories and three others were published posthumously. His career as a short story writer opened with “The Prelude” which was published under Jessie Chambers’s name. Providing an interesting cue, the title of this very first piece already points to the in-between territory where the artist crosses the border between nothingness and creation. On the other hand, in an iconoclastic twist, his last short story called “The Man Who Died” inverts the crossing of the border from life to death as the main character rises from the dead to join the living.
The contributors may explore how the characters’ liminal position acquired in a time of crisis empowers them to experience renewal or how it brings about their doom. The textual dynamics fostered by the transgression of borders and borderlines can be examined as they endow the open endings of most of Lawrence’s stories with a mythopoetic dimension and enable “the text [to] overrun the limits assigned to it” (Jacques Derrida, “Living On” in Deconstruction and Criticism). Therefore, just as the characters reach out from their insularity to explore a geographic or symbolic beyond, the short story may no longer be self contained but pertain to a larger aesthetic pattern.
We invite contributions around the following themes
– Distinct/ indistinct, fluctuating boundaries
– The beyond and the unknown
– Escape and exile
– The journey as a means to cross boundaries
– Encounters and exchanges / alterity
– Life and death / the body and transgression
– Iconoclasm / transgression of the sacred
– The boundaries of the text / intertextuality
– Recurring patterns of transgression
This list is, of course, not exhaustive.
Contributors are invited to use, when available, the Cambridge Editions of D. H. Lawrence’s short stories.
Abstracts in English (300 words) with bibliographical references and a short biography are to be sent by 31 May 2014 to both
Shirley Bricout firstname.lastname@example.org and
Christine Zaratsian email@example.com
Only original articles will be considered.
Notification of acceptance by end of September 2014.
Articles are to be sent in by 15 September 2015 with an abstract in English and in French, and a bibliography. Suitable submissions will follow the guidelines posted on the JSSE website http://jsse.revues.org/234