International Conference on Narrative: April 19 - 2


Bronfman Building 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G5, CA

The International Conference on Narrative will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 18 – 22, 2018.

Professor Lindsay Holmgren invites the Desautels Community to attend the Panels and Talks hosted at the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Please note that the plenary engagements are closed to the public due to limited seating in Moyse Hall.

1. Reading Over Time

Location: 422
Moderator: Edward Maloney, Georgetown University


  • Beyond Contempt: Ways to Read Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    Faye Halpern, University of Calgary
  • Rereading the Future
    Cynthia Port, Coastal Carolina University
  • Sedimental Education, or The Ethics of Aging
    Peter Rabinowitz, Hamilton College

2. Strange, Unusual, and Unnatural

Location: 423


  • They-Narratives
    Jan Alber, RWTH Aachen University
  • Out of One, Many: Multi-Perspectival First-Person Narration in Earl Lovelace’s Salt
    Steve Beaulieu, University of Maryland
  • Modeling Unnatural Plots: The Unusual Progression of Atkinson’s Life After Life
    Brian Richardson, University of Maryland

3. Im-Personalities

Location: 179
Moderator: Michael Benveniste, University of Puget Sound


  • First-Person, Plural: Subjection and Character-Function in Ethnic Narrative
    Michael Benveniste, University of Puget Sound
  • Killing Like a State: The Character of Zero Dark Thirty
    Joel Burges, University of Rochester
  • More or Less Human: Second-Order Anthropomorphism and the Attribution of Character
    John Hegglund, Washington State University
  • Mimetic, Synthetic, Thematic: “Typical” Characters and Lukács’s “The Typical”
    Joe Shapiro, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

4. Discourse in Narrative

Location: 410
Moderator: Ondřej Sládek, Czech Academy of Sciences


  • Toward a Theory of Interest Structure
    Justin Ness, Northern Illinois University
  • Jan Mukařovský’s Approach to Literature: Structural Narratology
    Ondřej Sládek, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Chronological Order, the Narrative Present, and Dialogue
    Eyal Segal, Tel Aviv University
  • Discourse and Narrative: Success and Failure in Discussing Difficult Stories
    Robert Price, University of Toronto, Mississauga

5. Unsettling Allegory

Location: 360
Moderator: Rachel Hile, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne


  • Non-Narrative Allegory in Memes and Cartoons: Implications for a Theory of Allegory
    Rachel Hile, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Allegorical Vehicles: Format and Narrative Passages in E.M. Forster
    Kurt Koenigsberger, Case Western Reserve University
  • Realism as Allegory
    Nicholas Carr, University of Amsterdam
  • Allegorical Rhetoric in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction
    Carrie Shanafelt, Fairleigh Dickinson University

6. Situated Self Writing

Location: 340
Moderator: Katra Byram, The Ohio State University


  • Strangers to our Shores: Narrative Perspectives on Immigration and the Immigrant Experience
    John McTighe, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • An Emotional Coloring of History: Fictive Discourse in Family Life Writing
    Katra Byram, The Ohio State University
  • The Narrative-I and the Experiencing-I in Autobiographical Narratives
    Zuzana Foniokova, Masaryk University
  • The Function of Autobiographies in the Construction of a Trans Narrative
    Sandy Artuso, Université du Luxembourg

7. Representing Childhood and Adolescent Interiority

Location: 210
Moderator: Lorna Martens, University of Virginia


  • Hexed! The Child’s Perspective
    Lorna Martens, University of Virginia
  • The Queer Potential of Narrative Voice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice Novels
    Steven Greenwood, McGill University
  • Narrative Empathy and the Representation of Adolescent Emotions in This One Summer
    Rocio Davis, University of Navarra
  • Cognitive Disability and Representational Contests in The Child Who Never Grew and The Adventures of Augie March
    Evan Chaloupka, Case Western Reserve University

8. Multi-Narratives I

Location: 310
Moderator: Jutta Zimmerman, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel


  • Multi-Narratives: A Framework
    Andre Schwarck, Kiel University
  • Authorial (Para)Text and Narratorial Omniscience in Rudy Wiebe’s A Discovery of Strangers
    Tristan Kugland, Kiel University
  • More Than a Sum of Parts: Multinarrativity in Jack Kay’s Poetry Sequence “The Adoption Papers”
    Liz Bahs, Royal Holloway University

9. Strange Temporalities: Reconstructing Master Narratives of History in Contemporary Speculative Fiction

Location: 245
Chair: Teemu Ikonen, University of Tampere


  • Being in History: Creating the Present through Imagined History in Robin Hobb’s Farseer
    Markus Laukkanen, University of Tampere
  • History After the End: Folded Temporalities and Building History in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven
    Mikko Mantyniemi, University of Tampere
  • The Misty Beginning of History: Narrativization of Mythical and Historical Knowledge in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Buried Giant
    Elise Kraatila, University of Tampere

10. Inner and Outer Landscapes

Location: 178
Moderator: Lutas Liviu, Linnaeus University


  • In an Imagined State: The Use of Adynaton in Lafayette’s La Princesse de Clèves
    Adele Kudish, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
  • From “Justified Sinner to “The Ettrick Shepard”: Narration and Personal Identity in The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
    Wanlin Li, Peking University
  • Representations of the Anthropocene in Narratives for Children
    Lutas Liviu, Linnaeus University
  • Narrativizing Landscape in Diderot’s Salons
    Maury Bruhn, University of North Carolina atChapel Hill

Contact Information

Professor Lindsay Holmgren
Conference Organizer
lindsay.holmgren [at]