Archive for October, 2013

Wayne C. Booth 2015 Call for Nominations

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Emma Kafalenos, as current president, is hereby inviting the membership to submit nominations for the 2015 winner to her by 1 December 2013 ( Emma, Richard Walsh (1st VP), and Sue Lanser (2nd VP) will draw on these nominations as they prepare a list of 5-6 nominees from which the Executive Council will choose the 3 finalists at the annual EC meeting at MLA in early January.



Call for Proposals for MLA January 2015

Friday, October 11th, 2013

The ISSN Program Committee invites proposals for the Society’s guaranteed session at the 2015 MLA, scheduled for January 8-11 in Vancouver, B.C.   A topic may be proposed by any current member(s) of ISSN, who would also chair or co-chair the chosen panel.   Participation on the panel will be open to all members of MLA.  Proposals for the ISSN session at MLA 2015 should include a session title and a brief rationale not to exceed one page. Please submit your proposal to Sue Lanser ( by November 1, 2013.  The Program Committee will announce its selection by December 1.

ISSN Panels for MLA Chicago, January 2014

Friday, October 11th, 2013


Thursday, 9 January

Session 103. Narrative Empathy for the Other

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Program arranged by the International Society for the Study of Narrative

Presiding: Patrick Horn, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


1. “Narrative Empathy as Acknowledgment,” Ann Jurecic, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick

2. “Narrative Strategies for Developing Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Empathy in the Short Fiction of Sandra Cisneros and Jhumpa Lahiri,” Marilyn Edelstein, Santa Clara Univ.

3. “Real ‘Others’: Pathways for Empathy in Autobiographical Narrative,” Leah M. Anderst, Queensborough Community Coll., City Univ. of New York


Saturday, 11 January

Session 594. What Makes a Modernist Plot? Modernism and Narrative Innovation

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Program arranged by the International Society for the Study of Narrative and the Modernist Studies Association

Presiding: Richard Walsh, Univ. of York

1. “Endless Plot: Modernism’s Sequel Problem,” Matthew Levay, Harvard Univ.

2. “The Art of Biography and the Form of Modernist Fiction,” Nathaniel Cadle, Florida International Univ.

3. “Virginia Woolf and Plots Driven by Feelings,” Marta Figlerowicz, Univ. of California, Berkeley