Narratives of Romanticism

The 16th international conference of the Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (GER) will be hosted by the English department and the Center for Narrative Research of the University of Wuppertal, October 8-11, 2015.

Plenary Speakers: Claire Connolly (University College Cork), David Duff (University of Aberdeen), Saree Makdisi (UCLA), Michael O’Neill (Durham University)

The theme of the conference is "Narratives of Romanticism". During the last two or three decades, the two key terms "narrative" and "Romanticism" have undergone major re-definitions. It seems quite a long time since the lyric dominated the "Period Formerly Known as Romanticism" as the Romantic mode and since narrative fiction had to be (re-)discovered as a major genre which significantly contributed to shape various major discourses between 1770 and 1830. Recent publications, while inevitably participating in the construction of new canons, continue to explore Romantic-era fiction and confirm the ongoing topicality of research projects that explore Romantic narrative genres in their various relevant contexts.

'Narrativity' and 'narration' are equally productive concepts, which are, of course, fruitfully applied across the genres. They invite us to discuss poetry, drama and non-fictional prose as well as fiction and enable us to discover ever new aspects of English Romanticism. The analytical concepts of 'narrativity' and 'narration' are no longer the exclusive territory of (post‑)structuralist narratologists. They have travelled widely across the disciplines – from philosophy to sociology, from psychoanalytical trauma theory to the theory of history, from cultural studies to political theory and neuroscience.

Note: By special agreement, members of NASSR, BARS, JAER, and NARS do not have to become members of the German Society for English Romanticism to take part in this conference – they only pay the regular conference fee of 40 Euros (10 Euros for students).

Organizers:
Prof. Dr. Sandra Heinen and Prof. Dr. Katharina Rennhak
romanticism2015{at}uni-wuppertal.de

University of Wuppertal
Department of English and American Studies
Gaußstrasse 20
42119 Wuppertal
Germany

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Prof. Dr. Sandra Heinen /
Prof. Dr. Katharina Rennhak
University of Wuppertal
English and American Studies
Gaußstr. 20
42119 Wuppertal
Germany

phone: 0049-439-3858