NOVEL THEORY: Society for Novel Studies, in conjunction with V21
–the biannual conference of The Society for Novel Studies—
in conjunction with V21 Collective
May 31-June 2, 2018 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
What is the theory of the novel for the 21st century? How do novels theorize?
CFP and details at
Deadline for paper and panel proposals: December 1
Keynote by Ursula Heise
Plenary panel on “Theories of the Novel Now” with Nicholas Dames, Kate Marshall, Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Sofia Samatar, and Jordan Stein
Closing Plenary discussion with Sianne Ngai
Reading with Helena Viramontes; in conversation with critic Dean Franco
Seminars around keywords in the field, including….
Nancy Armstrong and Tim Bewes: contemporary
Namwali Serpell: black
Jed Esty and Paul Saint Amour with Rachel Buurma, Tommy S Davis, Nathan Hensley, and Nirvana Tanoukhi: genre/scale
John Marx and Jesse Rosenthal: data
Amanda Claybaugh and Jen Spitzer: detail
Jen Fleissner: present tense
Yoon Sun Lee: plot
Jesse Oak Taylor: earth/world
David Coombs and Elaine Auyoung with Jonah Siegel, Anna Henchman, and Daniel Hack: empiricism
Chris Holmes and Tim Wientzen: limit/border
Kelly Rich and Michael Rubenstein with Caroline Levine: infrastructure
Anna Kornbluh and Oded Nir: totality
Seminars on novels….
Deidre Lynch and Katie Trumpener: Madame de Lafayette, La Princesse de Cleves
Julia Chang and David Kurnick: Benito Pérez Galdós, Tristana
Ulka Anjaria and Aarthi Vadde: Vivek Shanbhag, Ghachar Ghochar
Rebecca Walkowitz and Martin Puchner: Yoko Tawada, Memoirs of a Polar Bear
CFP with deadline of December 1
Pre-circulated paper workshops for graduate students: deadline of February 1
Seminars involve both presenters and participants. Participants will have a chance to rank seminar preferences when registering for the conference. If interested in presenting, please contact seminar leaders. There will also be standard conference papers on 3-4 person panels. If you are not already giving a paper on a panel, your name can appear in the program as a seminar participant.