Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

November 7th, 2017
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, I am delighted to be able to announce that the winner of the Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 is the distinguished narratologist, cultural theorist, visual-arts critic and film-maker Mieke Bal, of the University of Amsterdam.
She will be receiving her award during the Awards Luncheon at the 2018 annual conference in Montréal, April 21, 2018, and will be honored with a special panel devoted to her work and career.
Please join the Executive Committee in congratulating our colleague Mieke Bal.
Sincerely,
Jan Alber
President, ISSN

Perkins Prize 2017

November 7th, 2017
As Chair of the ISSN’s Perkins Prize committee, I have the pleasure of announcing this year’s winner.  The Perkins Prize for the book making the most significant contribution to the study of narrative in 2016 goes to:

Kent Puckett, for Narrative Theory: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge University Press).

Please join me and my fellow Perkins Prize committee-members, Porter Abbott and Sue J. Kim, in congratulating Kent for his signal achievement.
The Perkins Prize was established in honor of “the many past and continuing contributions of Barbara Perkins and George Perkins to the development and success of the Society, including the founding of both The Journal of Narrative Technique and the Society itself.” The award consists of a prize of $1000 plus a contribution of $500 toward expenses for the winning author to attend the Narrative Conference, where the award is presented.  The citation for Narrative Theory: A Critical Introduction will be read during the Awards Luncheon at the 2018 annual conference of the ISSN in Montréal, April 21, 2018.

My thanks to Porter and Sue for their scrupulous reading of a very large pile of contenders, and for the good humor of their deliberations .

All the best,
Brian McHale

Call for Nominations: Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award

October 25th, 2017

The International Society for the Study of Narrative awards the Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize outstanding scholar-teachers who have made sustained contributions to narrative studies over the course of their careers.

Please send your suggestions regarding potential nominees to the initial nominating committee:

Jan Alber (jan.alber@ifaar.rwth-aachen.de), Dan Punday (dpunday@english.msstate.edu), and Maria Mäkelä (Maria.E.Makela@uta.fi).

The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2017.

This prize will be awarded at the 2019 Narrative Conference in Pamplona, Spain.

Narrative 2018 Proposals Deadline

August 15th, 2017

Proposals for Individual Papers

Please provide the title and a 300-word abstract of the paper you are proposing; your name, institutional affiliation, and email address; and a brief statement (100 words max) about your work and publications.

Proposals for Panels

Please provide a 700-word (max) description of the panel topic and of each panelist’s abstract; the title of the panel and the titles of the individual papers; and for each participant the name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a 100-word statement about the person’s work and publications.

Proposals should be emailed to conference coordinator Lindsay Holmgren at proposals@narrative2018.ca by October 15, 2017.

Podcast: Twenty-five years of Narrative

May 8th, 2017

The Ohio State Press has now made available a podcast recorded at the 2017 ISSN Conference about the ISSN journal at twenty-five years: https://ohiostatepress.org/Narrative.html   Just scroll down a little and look on the right side of the page for the link.

I’m very grateful to Emily Taylor, journals manager at the Press, and Nick Potkalitsky, the graduate student assistant for the journal, for their work on the podcast.  I’m equally grateful to the ISSN members who agreed to participate in the conversation: Gerry Prince, Sue Lanser, Sue J. Kim, and Per Krogh Hansen.
Further conversation welcome in this forum or at narrativej@gmail.com
Enjoy!
Jim Phelan

Calling for Submissions: 2017 Narrative Conference Best Graduate Essay

April 4th, 2017

The deadline for this year’s Best Graduate Student Essay presented at the 2017 Narrative Conference is May 31. Please submit!

All graduate students who present papers at the conference are invited to compete for the prize for the best graduate student essay. The winner will receive a copy of a Perkins Prize-winning book of his or her choice and will be encouraged to expand the winning paper for consideration by Narrative. In addition, the 2017 award winner will be eligible for $500 toward expenses to attend the 2018 conference. Submit papers electronically as attachments (Word or PDF) to both of the judges: Per Krogh Hansen (pkha@sdu.dk) and Tara MacDonald (tmacdonald@uidaho.edu). Papers must be received by May 31, 2017. Papers must be unrevised conference presentations. While formatting changes, correction of typos, and the addition of a Works Cited page are acceptable, changes to the substance of the argument are not.

Inviting submissions for the 2018 Perkins Prize

March 5th, 2017

Established in 1994, the Perkins Prize honors Barbara Perkins and George Perkins, the founders of both The Journal of Narrative Technique and the Society itself. The prize, awarded to the book making the most significant contribution to the study of narrative in a given year, consists of $1,000 plus a contribution of $500 toward expenses for the winning author to attend the Narrative Conference where the award will be presented.

The Perkins Prize is conceived as a book prize rather than an author prize. Thus all books on the topic of narrative, whether edited collections, collaboratively written books, or monographs, are eligible to compete. If an edited collection or collaboratively written book is selected, the prize goes to the editor(s) or the collaborators. The winner of the competition for books published in 2016 will be announced at the New York MLA Convention in January 2018, and the prize will be presented at the Narrative Conference in Montréal, Québec, in April 2018.

To nominate books with a copyright date of 2016, please send an email with “Perkins Prize” in the subject line to The Chair of the judging committee:

Brian McHale mchale.11@osu.edu

Publisher, third-party, and self-nominations are all appropriate.  Copies of books must be sent to each of the three judges. Please indicate in the nominating email whether the publisher or the author will send the books. The deadline for nominations and for receipt of books by the judges is June 1, 2017.

Books should be sent by authors or their publishers directly to each of the three members of the judging committee:

Brian McHale
Department of English
The Ohio State University
421 Denney Hall
164 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Columbus OH 43210
 
Porter Abbott
7271 Gills Pier Rd.
Northport, MI  49670
 
Sue J. Kim
Department of English
UMass Lowell
O’Leary Library 476
61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854

CFP Deadline Extended: Emily Dickinson’s Narrative Cartography

December 1st, 2016

CFP Deadline Extended: Emily Dickinson’s Narrative Cartography
New Proposal Deadline: December 20th.

“The Emily Dickinson International Society and the International Society for the Study of Narrative invite papers for a proposed special session entitled “Emily Dickinson’s Narrative Cartography,” at the 2018 MLA conference in New York, scheduled for January 4-7. Participation on the panel will be open to all members of the MLA.

Narrative theory’s attention to plot, traditionally, has been more concerned with the temporal than with the spatial—more with sequences of events than their spaces. However, contemporary narratology’s “spatial turn” evinces an increasing concern for space, place, and geography. Recent developments in narrative theory direct our attention to a second meaning of “plot,” offered by the Oxford English Dictionary, where “plot” refers to “A fairly small piece of ground, esp. one used for a specified purpose, such as a building or gardening,” a definition that invites reflection on the intersection of narrative and space in ways that might usefully illuminate the study of both.

In June 1869, Emily Dickinson famously wrote to T. W. Higginson, “I do not cross my Father’s ground to any House or town” (L 330), then cultivated her “solitary Acre –” (Fr. 778) as a rhizomatic locality from which her imagination radiated. In poems and letters, as well as in her herbarium, Dickinson recurrently probed the intersecting zones of house, garden, and world. Revolving, on the one hand, around the particular experiences, memories, and artifacts attaching a life to a place, her writings seem, on the other hand, to call forth a vision of the world—this “Apocalypse of Green –” (Fr. 1356)—as a network or ecology of chaotically circulating voices and elements, a place where we cannot get our bearings. Following the spatial turn in Dickinson, mapping the immersive environments evoked in her writings, as well as reading her poems and letters as environments encourages the production of new, layered narratives—“plots”—broadly concerned with Dickinson’s relation to geography, cartography, memory, and genre.

Possible paper topics include the relationship between memory, space, and narrative; the dynamic between what Christine Gerhardt calls “near and far geographies”; and the poetics of cartography. More specific inquires into Dickinson's green narratives—her botanical imagination, her poetry of the garden, and, beyond it, the land- and sound- scapes—as well as narratives exploring the recent archaeological excavation and reconstruction of the garden site at the Dickinson Homestead are also welcome.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words, and include a title and a brief biographical note. Please submit your proposal to Dan Punday (dpunday@english.msstate.edu) and Marta Werner (wernerm@dyc.edu) by December 20th. Any questions can be directed to Dan Punday at dpunday@english.msstate.edu.”

2017 Booth Lifetime Achievement Award

December 1st, 2016

From President Brian McHale:

“On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, I am delighted to be able to announce that the winner of the 2017 Booth Lifetime Achievement Award is the distinguished narrative theorist and independent scholar, Marie-Laure Ryan.  She will be receiving her award during the Awards Luncheon at the 2017 annual conference at the University of Kentucky, 25 March 2017, and will be honored with a special panel devoted to her work and career.

For a brief bio-bibliographic note on Marie-Laure Ryan, please see the link below.
Please join the Executive Committee in congratulating our colleague Marie-Laure Ryan.”

Perkins Prize Winner 2017

November 7th, 2016

Award Announcement from the Vice-President of ISSN, Jan Alber:

“As Chair of this year’s Perkins Prize committee, I now have the pleasure of announcing the winner.

The Perkins Prize for the book making the most significant contribution to the study of narrative in 2015 goes to:

Erin James, for The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press).

And an Honorable Mention goes to:

Robyn Warhol and Susan S. Lanser (eds.), for Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press).

Congratulations for these excellent books. The citations will be read at the Narrative conference in Lexington, KY, in March 2017.

The Perkins Prize was established in honor of “the many past and continuing contributions of Barbara Perkins and George Perkins to the development and success of the Society, including the founding of both The Journal of Narrative Technique and the Society itself.” The award consists of a prize of $1000 plus a contribution of $500 toward expenses for the winning author to attend the Narrative Conference, where the award is presented.

My thanks to the other members of the prize committee this year, Alice Bell and Thomas Pavel, for their scrupulous work.

Best,
Jan”