Narative and Narratology: Metamorphosing the Structures

ENN5, Prague, September 13–15, 2017

The notion of “structure” has a long and rich history in the humanities and social sciences. And, especially since the French structuralist revolution, it has developed into a fully-fledged methodological apparatus and became strongly connected to the inquiry of narratives. Nevertheless, both the scholarly view of structures and the view of narratives are subject to historical development and change. Therefore, the approaches of “classical narratology”, based on structuralist analyses of narratives, have been replaced by approaches of “post-classical narratologies”, which are primarily focused on general cultural interpretation, interdisciplinarity, and historic and diachronic studies of narratives and narrativity. However, recently critical voices have called the contributions of postclassical narratologies into question and turned scholarly attention to the potential of classical narratology once more. Thus, in the pursuit of this endeavour, classical narratology has to undergo a thorough revision and discussion in order to show the potential of structuralist classics for further investigation of narratives and narrativity. 

The aim of the conference is to offer a space for this revision, for the discussion of the metamorphoses of the study of narrative, of its further potentials and boundaries, but also of older and current conceptions of narratological studies. The topics listed below are a guideline for possible contributions. The conference is open for papers on all topics, media and approaches connected with the study of narrative.

Possible topics: 

1. Theory and methodology of study of narrative from pre-narratology to post-narratology 
Over time narratology has developed a large number of methodological and analytical strategies, which are widely used for solving specific problems of the study of narratives. Particular methods, approaches and attitudes deserve our attention, their predecessors and successors, as well as their detailed analyses and mutual comparisons.

2. Historical poetics from a narratological perspective 
Historical poetics is currently considered a fully emancipated and developed scholarly discipline. Nevertheless, modern narratology can, as we believe, by its detailed analyses of narratives and narrating, substantially contribute to furthering our knowledge of arts in their diachronic perspectives.

3. Cognitive narratology today: possibilities and frontiers 
Since the “cognitive turn”, narratology is no longer the way it used to be: it has implemented new ideas, approaches and methods based on this very influential turn. Can we, presently, map all the consequences of this change, trace them and analyze them in the wide context of today’s narratology?

4. Current problems of transmedial narratology 
Mediality and transmediality have been part and parcel of narratological studies for decades. Nevertheless, the rapid development of media and their enhanced potential of delivering narrative information seem to be a challenge for an extensive group of contemporary scholars.  Please do share your ideas and views with us!

5. Structures and narratives
Undoubtedly, structuralist thought essentially contributed to the foundation of narratology as a scholarly discipline and also to its further development. In addition, narratives can be viewed, first of all, as complex structures with specific designs. They help us better explore the structuralist heritage in modern narratology as well as the structural part of narratives and their studies.

Proposal submission procedure

  • abstracts should contain title, author’s name and affiliation

  • panels should contain abstracts of all the panel participants, title and summary of the panel, name of panel chair

  • poster proposals should contain title, author´s name(s) and short abstract

Send submissions via the registration form. The deadline for submissions is March 31 April 30, 2017.