Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award
The Society will present the 2009 Booth Award to Gérard Genette at the annual conference, held in Birmingham this June. The festivities will include a panel devoted to Genette’s work featuring papers by Seymour Chatman (UC Berkeley), John Pier (Université de Tours), and Gerald Prince (University of Pennsylvania) as well as the official presentation of the Award at the business lunch on June 6th. (For more information on the Birmingham Conference, see below).
The winner of the 2009 Perkins Prize for best book on narrative studies published in 2007 is Sharon Marcus for Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton University Press). The Society thanks the selection committee, Gerald Prince, chair, Eileen Gillooly (Columbia) and Dorothy Hale (UC Berkeley).
The membership elected the following new officers this fall.
Second Vice-President: Brian Richardson, University of Maryland
- Sheila Teahan, Michigan State University
- Susan Lanser, Brandeis University
The Society expresses its warm gratitude to those members of the Executive Council whose terms ended on December 31st:
Past President: Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania
- Beth Boehm University of Louisville
- Jesse Matz, Kenyon College
Suzanne Keen of Washington and Lee University and first Vice-President of ISSN will chair this year’s nominations committee. The other committee members are H. Porter Abbot (UC Santa Barbara) and Clkaudia Breger (Indiana University). If you would like to nominate someone to serve on the Executive Council, please get in touch with Suzanne at email@example.com
Panels for the 2009 MLA in Philadelphia
The Society will sponsor two panels, and organizers of each are currently accepting paper proposals.
"Postmodern and Unnatural Narratives," Jan Alber, University of Freiburg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We are set for Birmingham, England, June 4-6 this year. The conference coordinators are Dick Ellis and Deborah Parsons, and they are being assisted by Anna Hartnell and Anna Burrels, all of the University of Birmingham. Plenary speakers will be Frank Ankersmit, David Lodge, and Frances Smith Foster. For more information about the conference go to http://narrativesociety.bham.ac.uk/
The 2010 conference will be in Cleveland from April 8-11. Kurt Koenigsberger and Gary Stonum of Case Western University are the conference coordinators.
The 2011 conference will be in St. Louis from April 7-10. Emma Kafalenos and Erin McGlothlin of Washington University are the conference coordinators.
Autumn 2009 will be a special issue, guest-edited by Rebecca Stern of the University of South Carolina, on Temporality.
The journal and the Ohio State University Press have reached an agreement with a Press in China to publish selected essays in translation as an annual. The first volume is scheduled to appear within a few months.