ENN Newsletter – Issue XV – November/December 2016 (test resend)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • ENN Membership Survey
  • ENN5: CFP Prague Conference (13-15/09/2016; deadline: March 31)
  • New website!
  • Conference Reports
  • Upcoming Events and CfPs
  • New Publications


ENN December, 2016

Dear !subscriber_name

This is the 15th instalment of the ENN Newsletter.  We are pleased to announce that the 5th Conference of the European Narratology Network will take place in Prague from September 13 to 15, 2017 with a Pre-Conference Doctoral Master Class on September 11 and 12, 2017. The theme is “Narrative and Narratology: Metamorpho-ses of Structures”. 

This issue of the ENN Newsletter includes information about the ENN Membership Survey and the website relaunch, as well as a conference report.

Please note that announcements to be included in the “News” section of the homep-age and any information to be published in the ENN Newsletters can be sent to the ENN Ghent office via enn4@ugent.be with a copy to Tobias Hermans (Bloomington University, Indiana), who acts as ENN Secretary (ttherman@iu.edu).

We hope to see you all at the 5th ENN Conference in Prague. 

The ENN Steering Committee 

Gunther Martens, Karin Kukkonen, Ondřej Sládek

ENN Membership Survey

During the general meeting at the last conference in Ghent, the suggestion was made that the ENN could be turned from a network into a society with membership fees. Initially established as a light-weight, predominantly online network, ENN may now have reached (and even exceeded) the size and scope of a regular society, thus requiring a more extended organisational infrastructure. This is a complex and multi-sided issue that concerns all ENN members, so that ENN's extended steering group has decided for a general consultation through a survey.  

Please fill out the survey below; it will only take 5 minutes of your time. 

The results will help us prepare the business meeting at the Prague conference where the motion to turn the network into a society will be debated and (probably) decided. We would like to hear from as many members as possible, so please take the survey and make your voice heard. If you would like to share you view in more detail, feel free to contact us via email (k.b.kukkonen@ilos.uio.no).

Please note that membership fees (if they do get instated) will not apply to the Pra-gue conference yet and the outcome of the survey will not affect the modalities of ENN membership until after Prague. 

The ENN steering group (Karin Kukkonen; Gunther Martens; Ondrej Sladek; co-opted members: Stefan Iversen, Hilary Dannenberg, Nora Berning) wishes to thank you in advance!

The survey is to be found here. The deadline for participation in the survey is March 31 2017.

ENN5: CFP Prague Conference (13-15/09/2016; deadline: March 31)

Fifth International Conference
European Narratology Network
Narrative and Narratology: Metamorphoses of Structures
Prague, September 13−15, 2017


The 5th Conference of the European Narratology Network is organized by

Institute of Czech Literature The Czech Academy of Sciences (ICL CAS)

in co-operation with the European Narratology Network

Website: http://www.enn5.cz

 New website!

 We are happy to be able to announce that the ENN website finally got its long overdue overhaul and is now online. The website is now hosted at the Ghent ENN office. Please direct any inquiries or remarks concerning remaining technical glitches to enn4@ugent.be. Once more, we wish to thank Jan Christoph Meister for having hosted and maintained the website over the past 7 years. New on the website: 
  • The online registration form for new members is now active again. Feel free to direct the attention of potential new ENN members to http://www.narratology.net/join-ENN
  • Extant members of ENN may update their profile again. Please follow the “new password” routine in case you forgot your password. If the email address linked to your profile is no longer active, please drop us a line at enn4@ugent.be and we will provide you with full access again. 
  • ENN members that enrolled in the period 2014-2016 have been added to the website. If your name is still missing, contact enn4@ugent.be

Please keep an eye on the website, as we are testing the implementation of new tools to disseminate your ongoing research (publications and projects, online submission of CFP and conference announcements; citation tracking) in the field of narratology.

Conference reports

1. Perspectives and Frontiers of Cognitive Narratology (Prague, 22.–24. October 2015)

2. "Glück am Ende? Episodisches Erzählen in Mittelalter und Gegenwart”

Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg, 3.-5.6.2016
Report written by Doren Wohlleben & Christian Schneider

Upcoming Events and CfPs


CALL FOR Contributions: CITAR Journal Special Issue “Narrative and Audiovisual Creation” 

The CITAR Journal is open to submissions for a special edition, to be published in 2017, dedicated to the narrative among audiovisual fields such as cinema, cinematic art, videogames, animation, audiovisual advertising, interactive installations, location games and other expressive uses of the moving image.

The CITAR Journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed publication, devoted to the study and practice of Artistic work, approached through Science and Technology. The journal is indexed by Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection: the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). There is no article processing fees.




31 December 2016


 CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture

Vol. 20 No.1 | March 2018

Call for Papers

“Approaching Ian McEwan: Narratological Perspectives”

Deadline for Submission: 31 December 2017

As “a major voice in contemporary British Fiction” (Quigley 436) and “the best British writer of his generation” (436), Ian McEwan has been widely known by the diversity of his subject matter, which is “as varied as his choice of genre, alternating between sadomasochism (which earned him early in his career the title Ian MacAbre) and feminism, between historical fiction and contemporary psychological intrigue.” (436). An author of two short story collections, fourteen novels, two children’s fictions, two plays, three screen plays, one oratorio, and one libretto, McEwan has received a wide range of scholarly attention, which is evidenced in a number of important critical works. Among them are Kiernan Ryan’s Ian McEwan (1994), Jack Slay’s Ian McEwan (1996), Peter Childs’s The Fiction of Ian McEwan (2005), David Malcolm’s Understanding Ian McEwan (2002), Dominic Head’s Ian McEwan (2008), Lynn Wells’s Ian McEwan (2009), Pascal Nicklas’s Ian McEwan: Art and Politics (2009), Sebastian Groes’s Ian McEwan: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (2009/2013), and Swantje Möller’s Coming to Terms with Crisis: Disorientation and Reorientation in the Novels of Ian McEwan (2011), all of which have drastically advanced the scholarship of McEwan.

It needs to be pointed out that McEwan’s fictions are not only diversified in their subject matter but also rich in their narrative strategies. Unlike those existing critical works, “Approaching Ian McEwan: Narratological Perspectives”, a Thematic Issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 20.1 (March 2018): <http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb> guest-edited by Biwu Shang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) aims at examining the salient narrative features of McEwan’s writings, fictions in particular, mainly from multiple narratological perspectives. Contributions are invited from any sub-strands of narratology and might include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

1. unreliable narration in Ian McEwan’s fictions

2. character narration in Ian McEwan’s fictions

3. gendered narration in Ian McEwan’s fictions

4. unnatural narratives in Ian McEwan’s fictions

5. transgeneric narratives in Ian McEwan’s fictions

6. spatial narratives in Ian McEwan’s fictions

7. narrative temporality in Ian McEwan’s fictions

8. narrative ethics in Ian McEwan’s fictions

9. meta-narratives and meta-narration in Ian McEwan’s fictions

10. fictionality and factuality in Ian McEwan’s fictions

Please submit papers in 6000-7000 words by 31 December 2017 to Biwu Shang at <biwushang@sjtu.edu.cn>. For the style of the journal, please consult <http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweblibrary/clcwebstyleguide>. Articles published in the journal are double-blind peer reviewed and indexed in the International Bibliography of the Modern Language Association of America, the Thomson Reuters ISI Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI), Scopus, etc.

Call for Special Issue Proposals 

 The journal Frontiers of Narrative Studies (De Gruyter) is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to 

  •  Transnational narrative
  • Postcolonial narrative
  • Fictional and factual narrative
  • Cosmopolitanism and narrative theory  
  • Classical narratology revisited  

A peer-reviewed journal of international scope, Frontiers of Narrative Studies under the auspice of De Gruyter features articles reporting results of research in all branches of narrative studies, in-depth reviews of selected current literature in the field, and occasional guest editorials and reports. Its broad range of scholarship includes narratives across a variety of media, including literary writing, film and television, journalism, and graphic narratives. It welcomes theoretically sophisticated essays that examine narratives of all kinds from a host of critical, interdisciplinary, or cross-cultural perspectives. Particular emphasis is placed upon state-of-the-art research in the field of interdisciplinary narrative inquiries. The journal publishes original articles, interviews as well as book reviews. Every year, there will be a special issue devoted to topics of particular interest. We accept special issue proposals year-round. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors’ schedule. Prospective guest-editors should submit current CVs and researched proposals of approximately 500 words describing the argument and rationale behind the special issue. If the guest-editor(s) decide to solicit contributions prior to the submission of the proposal, abstracts of articles and biographies of authors should be included with the proposal. Proposals and supporting materials should be sent to the Editor at biwushang@sjtu.eud.cn  as Word or PDF attachments. The subject line of the email should read “Special Issue Proposal.”  If a proposal is accepted, the guest-editor(s) will be responsible for soliciting contributions, appointing outside reviewers, and establishing submission deadlines.  Please note that our typical issue is 200 print pages. We strongly recommend that a special issue include 2 book reviews related to the topic, in addition to articles. The journal follows the style of Mouton de Gruyter journal, which is available upon request. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Warm regards 

Shang Biwu Editor, Frontiers of Narrative Studies  

Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage (CNRS/EHESS) Séminaire « Recherches contemporaines en narratologie » 2016-2017

Le séminaire se réunit tous les quinze jours, les 1er, 3e et 5e mardi du mois, de 15h à 17h 105, Boulevard Raspail – 75006 Paris / Salle 7 


Responsables : Olivier Caïra (IUT Evry et EHESS), Claude Calame (EHESS), Sabine Chalvon-Demersay (EHESS), Annick Louis (Université de Reims et CRAL), Simone Morgagni (EHESS/CNRS et Università di Bologna), John Pier (Université de Tours et CRAL), Philippe Roussin (CNRS, CRAL)

Entre fictionnel, virtuel et documentaire : narratologies en confrontation

La narratologie structurale fut concernée par la signification ; elle ne distinguait guère entre récits fictionnels et récits non fictionnels, « factuels ». Elle fut suivie par de nombreuses mutations de la théorie narrative, mais aussi par l’élargissement des formes narratives étudiées, en raison notamment de l’explosion des nouveaux médias ou par le biais du storytelling comme retour au récit envisagé dans sa fonction rhétorique. Le séminaire sera consacré, entre autres, à une relecture des théories structurales non pas dans la perspective du paradigme narratologie classique/postclassique, mais sous le signe du fictionnel, du virtuel et du documentaire. Ce sont des dimensions implicites de la théorie structurale. Sous-exploitées à l’époque du structuralisme, elles sont devenues, depuis quelques années, des thèmes incontournables de la recherche en narratologie, dans la dialectique entre théorie et pratique. 


Structural narratology was concerned with meaning, barely distinguishing between fictional narratives and non-fictional or “factual” narratives. This was followed by numerous mutations of narrative theory as well as by the broadening of the narrative forms studied, due in particular to the explosion of the new media and through storytelling as a return to narrative viewed in its rhetorical function. The seminar will be devoted, among other things, to rereading structural theories not from the perspective of the paradigm of classical/postclassical narratology, but in terms of the fictional, the virtual and the documentary. These dimensions are implicit in structural theory. Insufficiently explored at the time of structuralism, they have become over the past few years themes of research in narratology not to be ignored in the dialectic between theory and practice. 


Mardi 15 novembre Séance d’ouverture

Mardi 29 novembre François Jost (Paris 3) « Retour vers le futur : la prolepse de Genette à l’épreuve des séries »

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Mardi 13 décembre Thomas Pavel (Université de Chicago) « Univers de fiction trente ans après »

Mardi 17 janvier Olivier Caïra (IUT Evry et EHESS) « Fiction et documentaire : qui trace les frontières et comment ? »

Mardi 31 janvier Françoise Lavocat (Paris 3) « Fictionnel, factuel, virtuel : une révision des concepts et des critères issus de la narratologie est-elle nécessaire ? » 

Mardi 21 février Denis Bertrand (Paris 8) « Narratologie et narrativité : les implications sémiotiques d'une différence conceptuelle » 

Mardi 7 mars Claude Calame (EHESS) « De la narratologie structurale à la pragmatique énonciative : au-delà du paradigme ‘classical’ / ‘postclassical’ »

Mardi 21 mars Anne Duprat (Université d’Amiens) « Narrative causalities : la contingence événementielle  à l’épreuve du fictionnel »

Mardi 18 avril Liesbeth Korthals Altes (Université de Groningen) « Narratologie et (méta)herméneutique – Questions et hypothèses  à partir d’une lecture de François Bon, Daewoo »

Mardi 2 mai John Pier (Université de Tours et CRAL) « Théorie de la complexité et récit »

Mardi 16 mai Jean-Marie Schaeffer (EHESS) [titre à préciser]

Mardi 30 mai Bilan


New publications

ENN members are asked to send in announcements of recently or soon-to-be-published monographs and anthologies together with the standard bibliographical information (NB: intended for this heading are books, not articles). This information, which will be included in each upcoming Newsletter, should be sent to the Chairman of the ENN Steering Committee, Gunther Martens, at enn4@ugent.be with a copy to Tobias Hermans (Bloomington University, Indiana) at ttherman@iu.edu .


About us

ENN is the European Narratology Network, an association of individual narratologists and narratological institutions. ENN aims to foster the study of narrative representation in literature, film, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures.