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2014 ISSN Newsletter

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Newsletter of the International Society for the Study of Narrative

Summer 2014

Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award


1. At the Boston Conference last March, the Society conferred the 2014 Booth Award to Hayden White.
2. The 2015 Booth Award winner, selected in our recently adopted process that involves final voting by past winners and past Presidents of the Society, is Tzvetan Todorov.
3. Richard Walsh, our current president, is hereby inviting the membership to submit nominations for the 2016 winner to him by 1 December 2014 Richard, Sue Lanser (1st VP), and Brian McHale (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. Past winners and past presidents will then select the winner from among these 3.

Upcoming Events

1.The 2015 ISSN Conference: March 5-8 at the Swissotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Conference Coordinator is Dan Punday of Purdue University Calumet. Conference is supported by Purdue University Calumet, Northwestern University, Loyola University, and the University of Chicago. Deadline for the submission of proposals is October 15, 2014. For more information about the conference, go here:

2. Call for Proposals for MLA January 2016

The ISSN Program Committee (Kurt Koenigsberger, Erin McGlothlin, Brian McHale) invites proposals for the Society’s guaranteed session at the 2016 MLA, scheduled for January 7-10 in Austin, Texas. 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 2016 should include a session title and a brief rationale not to exceed one page. Please submit your proposal to Brian McHale ( by November 1, 2014. The Program Committee will announce its selection by December 1, 2014.

3. ISSN Elections

The nominating committee—Sue Lanser, Cathy Romagnolo, Paul Dawson, and Jim Phelan—has arranged for the following slate for this fall’s election of officers. More details about our on-line voting procedure, including the deadline for casting your ballots, should show up in your in-boxes before November.
Second Vice-President
Jan Alber, University of Freiburg; Henrik Skov Nielsen, Aarhus University


Executive Council #1
Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology; Amy Elias, University of Tennessee


Executive Council #2
Sue Kim, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Maria Mäkelä, Tampere University

4. ISSN Panels for MLA Vancouver, January 2015.


Narratological Dickens

Saturday, 10 January

5:15–6:30 p.m. Program arranged by the International Society for the Study of Narrative and the Dickens Society

Presiding: Robyn Warhol, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

1. “Dickensian Metaphor as a Narratological Issue,” Monika Fludernik, Univ. of Freiburg

2. “‘Let Us Have No Meandering’: Temporality in David Copperfield,” John O. Jordan, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

3. “The Friendly Move of Hypothetical Narration in Our Mutual Friend,” Kathleen Pacious, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway
The Limits of Narrative

Sunday, 11 January

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m. Program arranged by the International Society for the Study of Narrative

Presiding: H. Porter Abbott, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

1. “The Narration and Documentation of War,” Eleni Eva Coundouriotis, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

2. “The Tragedy of the Commonplace: Failing to Represent the Ordinary,” Lesley Goodman, Macalester Coll.

3. “‘But Why Always Dorothea?’: The Inevitable Trade-Offs of Narrative,” James Phelan, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

Future Conferences:

The 2016 conference will be held in Amsterdam June 16-18. Joyce Goggin, Tara McDonald, and Daniel Hassler-Forest will be the coordinators.

As always, members interested in hosting a future conference are encouraged to get in touch with Alan Nadel or Jim Phelan

Prize Announcements:

2014 Perkins Prize

Srinivas Avaramudan, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel (University of Chicago Press)

2014 Phelan Prize

This year the prize went to the cluster of essays on “Paratexts and Digital Narrative” by Birte Christ, Dorothee Birke, Ellen McCracken, and Paul Benzon, from the January 2013 issue.

Best Graduate Student Paper Prize 2013 (Manchester)

Nathan Shank, University of Kentucky, “Irony as Empathy in Cognitive Narrative Studies”



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