Archive for March, 2015

Project Narrative Summer Institute 2015

Monday, March 16th, 2015

See the following announcement from Jim Phelan about the 2015 PNSI:

Angus Fletcher and I will direct the 2015 Project Narrative Summer Institute at Ohio State from June 8-19.  This year’s theme is “Foundations and Innovations in Narrative Theory.”  Here’s our description:

PNSI “Foundations and Innovations” may conjure up the terminology of “classical” and ‘”postclassical” narratology, but at PNSI 2015 we have something bigger and more dynamic in mind. Rather than orienting the field around distinct periods, we’ll explore it by setting up feedback loops among strong theories, primary narratives in different media, and their implicit challenges to interpretation. We’ll range from from Aristotle’s Poetics to Pixar’s screenwriting philosophy, from Chicago School readings of Macbeth to cognitive analyses of comics, from Genette-inspired readings of Persuasion to feminist approaches to Nike ads, and we’ll save time for participants to workshop their own innovative–and newly foundational–projects.

More details, including info about cost and application procedures, can be found at  We should have the tentative reading list up on the site sometime next week. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to me and/or Angus <>

And please help us spread the word. 



Narrative 2015 – Best Student Essay

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Dear all,

The deadline for this year’s Best Graduate Student Essay presented at the 2015 Narrative Conference is April 1. 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 2015 award winner will be eligible for $500 toward expenses to attend the 2016 conference. Submit papers electronically as attachments (Word or PDF) to both of the judges: Amy Elias (aelias2@utk.eduand Sue J. Kim ( Papers must be received by April 1, 2015. 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.


Sue & Amy