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Conference | "To Be Continued": The Novel and Forms of Narrative Continuation

Feb 17, 2023 - Feb 18, 2023

Organised by Ulla Haselstein, Research Area 3: "Future Perfect" in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies.

The conference is dedicated to discussing forms of creating narrative continuation, such as various forms of seriality, spinoffs, adventure, parody, the saga format, or fan fiction. With its multiple subgenres the novel has made use of such forms for centuries. These phenomena are being investigated in case studies ranging from the 18th century until the present.


Friday, 17. February 

09:15-09:30 | Ulla Haselstein (Freie Universität Berlin/EXC 2020) and Florian Sedlmeier (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Welcome

09:30-11:00 | Panel I (Chair: Florian Sedlmeier)

Frank Kelleter (Freie Universität Berlin/EXC 2020): Fake Publics are Real Too: On Judith Sargent Murray's "The Gleaner" (1792–1798)

MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg): Clotels; or, The Revisioning/Reprinting Continuations of the President’s Daughter

11:00-11:15 | Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 | Panel II (Chair: Frank Kelleter)

Andreas Mahler (Freie Universität Berlin): Continuation and the Novel: Open Context and the Problem of Closure

Deidre Lynch (Harvard University): Ali Smith and the Unfinished Book: The Seasons Quartet and Seriality in an Electronic Age

12:45-14:15 | Lunch Break

14:15-15:45 | Panel III (Chair: MaryAnn Snyder-Körber)

Florian Sedlmeier (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Parody and Caricature: Tabitha Gilman Tenney

Ulla Haselstein (Freie Universität Berlin/EXC 2020): Parody of Parody: Twain and Coover

15:45-16:00 | Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 | Panel IV (Chair: Birte Wege)

Tobias Annamalay Jochum (Freie Universität Berlin): B. Traven's Gerard Gales Cycle in the Americas: Serialized Polemics, Translation, and the Writer's Hustle
Sabine Sielke (University of Bonn): Insistence, Seriality, Memory: Echoes of Gertrude Stein in Popular Culture

 19:00 | Conference Dinner

Saturday, 18. February

9:30-11:00 | Panel V (Chair: Ulla Haselstein)

Birte Wege (Freie Universität Berlin): Robot Reboots

Birgit Spengler (University of Wuppertal): Intertextual Chronotopes

11:00-11:15 | Coffee Break 

11:15-12:45 | Panel VI (Chair: Andrew Gross)

James Dorson (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): Business Fiction and the Project Form
Jeremy Rosen (University of Utah): The Genre Turn and Immersion in Fictional Worlds

12:45-14:00 | Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 | Panel VII (Chair: James Dorson)

Julie Dickson (Freie Universität Berlin): "How Life Delivers and Delivers": Constructing Coherence in the Themed Short Story Collection

Andrew Gross (University of Göttingen): After the End. The Post-Pandemic Narrative of the Apocalypse

15:30 | Concluding Remarks

19:00 | Conference Dinner

Time & Location

Feb 17, 2023 - Feb 18, 2023

Freie Universität Berlin
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Room 340
Lansstr. 7-9
14195 Berlin