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Early Modern Prose Fiction—Popular Literary Art

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Although the last two decades have seen the publication of important studies on early modern prose fiction, the studied texts themselves remain marginal presences in scholarly narratives of early modern literature. More often than not, these texts are invoked for their relation to better-known dramatic texts, for the light they shed on topical events or discourses or for their contribution to the emergence of the novel. Studies discussing early modern prose fiction from a literary aesthetic perspective are comparatively rare despite—or precisely because of—the immense popularity and wide circulation of such texts at the time. This panel seeks to explore this tension between popularity and literariness and invites papers that focus on aesthetic aspects of early modern prose fiction, such as for instance:

  • stylistic features
  • rhetoric strategies
  • negotiation of literary trends
  • metafictional and/or meta-poetic aspects
  • literary affiliation
  • generic hybridity and/or innovation
  • interventions in discourses on poetics
  • etc.

Submit abstracts for papers by Friday, 3 June to Rahel Orgis, University of Neuchâtel, Abstracts should be no longer than 150 words, headed by a title (15 words maximum) and accompanied by key words and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum; no prose bio).

Tags:  early modern prose fiction  literariness  literature  poetics  popular literature 

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