International conference: Twenty-First Century European Literature: Mapping New Trends

Friday 15th September

NB.: Seminar Rooms 1 and 3 are on the first floor of the Arts Building; Rooms 5 and 6 on the second floor; Rooms 7 and 8 on the third floor. If any of these rooms is/are not in use for a parallel session feel free to use it/them for informal discussion or quiet reading and recuperation.

9.15-10.30 Plenary 1 (Arts Building Lecture Theatre)
Introduction to the conference: Margaret-Anne Hutton; Michael Gratzke; Sarah Dillon; Ricardo Fernandez; Claire Whitehead; Rossella Riccobono
Keynote speaker: Professor Susan Bassnett: Tracing Patterns in 21st-Century Literature
10.30 Coffee (Foyer, Arts Building)
11-12.30 Parallel sessions
Arts Building Seminar Room 1: Theory and Practice of Literature (Chair: Elodie Laügt)
Raoul Eshelman: ‘Performatism. For an epochal approach to 21st-century literature’
Nathalie Wourm: ‘The Art of becoming minor: French literature after Deleuze’
Ricardo Fernandez: ‘A new class of (anti)heroes? The metaphysical novels of Pablo Sánchez’

Arts Building Seminar Room 3: Writing Histories, Writing Futures   (Chair: Claire Whitehead)
Siobhán Donovan: ‘Herstory: a fictional rewriting of history. Gabrielle Alioth’s 21st-century historical novels’
Patrizia Sambuco: ‘The Lives of Others: historical female figures in 21st century Italian literature’
Lynne Diamond-Nigh: ‘Sub-trend: fictional portrayal of biblical women’

Arts Building Seminar Room 5: Poetry (Chair: Rossella Riccobono)
Agnès Toda i Bonet: ‘Cesk Freixas: the recovery of the Catalan protest song’
Theresa Muñoz: ‘Cut and paste. Tom Leonard’s political poster poems’
Federico Bindi: ‘Valerio Magrelli and the therapeutic action of civil poetry’

Arts Building Seminar Room 6: Genres and Topics (Chair: Ricardo Fernández)
Naomi Morgan: ‘Yasmina Reza or how to stage the 21st century world’
Theresa Jamieson: ’21st-century re-workings of the European canon: the development of the re-visionary novel’
Martin Veiga
: ‘Tres xeitos da mirada, tres maneiras de contar’: genre hybridisation in A man dos paíños by Manuel Rivas

12.30 Lunch (Parliament Hall)
14.00-15.30 Parallel sessions
Arts Building Seminar Room 1: Theory and Practice of Literature  (Chair: Claire Whitehead)
Nicolas Dreyer: ‘Contemporary Russian fiction: insanis, demens et delirans?’
Gen’ichiro Itakura: ‘An angry middle-aged man’s “resistance through rituals”: Zadie Smith’s On Beauty and the end of postmodernism’

Arts Building Seminar Room 3: Literature and Other Media (Chair: M-A Hutton)
Erika Fülöp: ‘The Blogosphere and the Gutenberg galaxy: resonances of a clash’
Simone Schroth: ‘”Schreiben Sie mir, Emmi!”: the e-mail novel as a modern novel in letters’

Arts Building Seminar Room 5: Self and Truth (Chair: Elise Hugueney-Léger)
Arno Herberth: ‘Avant-garde re-visited? Andrea Winkler’s debut Arme Närrchen
Nathalie Froloff: ‘Annie Ernaux and Emmanuel Carrère: new autobiographical directions’ 

Arts Building Seminar Room 6: Writing Histories, Writing Futures (Chair: Sarah Dillon)
Hélène Machinal
: ‘Writing the Future in D. Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and W. Self’s The Book of Dave
Marta Simón
: ‘Disenchantment and fear in the contemporary peninsular novel: visions of a metaphysical apocalypse’
Kristin Veel
: ‘Surveillance narratives: articulating issues of representation for the 21st century’

Arts Building Seminar Room 7: Migrations and Spaces (Chair: Robert Wilson)
Jesse Barker: ‘Space and subjectivity in a new wave of Spanish fiction’
David Best: ‘Francesco Genitoni’s Il tempo forse (2004): a 21st-century urban/rural dialogue’
David Borthwick: ‘”Scotland or something”: post-millennial Scottish writing’

Arts Building Seminar Room 8: Genres and Topics (Chair: Michael Gratzke)
Audrey Dobrenn
: ‘Is there a potent man in the story? Anti-eroticism in 21st-century French literature’
Angelika Baier
: ‘Intersections: hermaphroditism in German literature of the 21st century’
Nadine Muller: ‘Great sexpectations: marketing women, sex and neo-Victorianism’

15.30 Coffee (Foyer, Arts Building)
16.00-17.30 Parallel sessions
Arts Building Seminar Room 1: Theory and Practice of Literature (Chair: Sarah Dillon)
Peter Childs: ‘History, heritage and the contemporary British novel in an aesthetic supermarket’
Marina Ortrud Hertrampf: ‘Écrire le réel malade: Régis Jauffret’s shocking panorama of contemporary French society in Microfictions (2007)’

Arts Building Seminar Room 3: Self and Truth (Chair: Elodie Laügt)
Elise Hugueny-Leger
: ‘Camille Laurens: reading fiction, writing autobiographically, redefining autofiction’
Zita Farkas
: Taking a stance: Jeanette Winterson’s influence on her own reception’
Morven Fraser
: Philippe Vilain’s autofiction: anomalous, aberrant, or just average?’

Arts Building Seminar Room 5: Writing Histories, Writing Futures (Chair: Ricardo Fernández)
Julie Hansen: ‘Memory, history and narrative in post-Communist fiction’
Daniela Omlor: ‘Reassessing history, rediscovering memory’
 

Arts Building Seminar Room 6: Migrations and Spaces (Chair: Michael Gratzke)
Helen O’Sullivan: ‘Language learner narrative in 21st-century European “intercultural” literature’
Sven Kramer: ‘Reconsidering “Heimat”: Jenny Erpenbeck’s novel Heimsuchung (2008)’
Sandra Vlasta: ‘”Immigrant fiction”: a new trend in “Austrian literature” in the 21st century?’

Arts Building Seminar Room 7: Genres and Topics (Chair: M-A Hutton)
Aimee Linekar:
‘Knowing you knowing me’: Reconciling Relationships in the Short Novels of Anna Gavalda’
Michèle Schaal
: ‘Unattainable adequacy: the novels of Isabelle Flükiger’
Catherine du Toit
: ‘Ageing in the 21st century’
Carole Sweeney
: ‘Backlash? Platform and the woman question’

18.30 Wine Reception (Parliament Hall)

Thursday 16th September

9.00-10.30 Plenary 1 (Arts Lecture Theatre)
Introduction: Margaret-Anne Hutton
Speaker: Camille de Toledo: Inventing forms, displacing fiction
10.30 Coffee (Foyer, Arts Building)
11.00-12.30 Parallel Sessions
Arts Building Seminar Room 1: Theory and Practice of Literature (Chair: Michael Gratzke)
Kristin Rebien: Abandoning the nation: contemporary literature and the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis
Rainer Godel & Gunhild Berg: ‘How to create a literary trend: or how to establish a winner. An analysis of the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis 2000-2009′

Arts Building Seminar Room 3: Panel Session ‘Visual media and the invisible: Germany, Italy, UK’(Chair: Aimee Linekar)
Silke Horstkotte: Chemical Shadows: Photographic Absences in Reinhard Jirgl’s Die Stille
Nancy Pedri: Saying a lot by Showing Little: Photography in Emanuele Martino’s Cara fotografia: Racconti
Esther Peeren: The Modern Medium and Everyday Invisibility in Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black

Arts Building Seminar Room 5: Poetry (Chair: Rossella Riccobono)
Sandrine Bédouret: ‘Being a poet to be alive’
Cornelia Gräbner: ‘”This kind of love”: the performance of love poems in the 21st century’
Johann Reisser: ‘In between subversion and grammar. Barbara Köhler’s multi-media archaeology of subjectivity’

Arts Building Seminar Room 6: Writing Histories, Writing Futures (Chair: Sarah Dillon)
Christina Andrews: ‘The phenomenology of being-in-the-post-9/11-world in McEwan’s Saturday
Imke Pannen: ‘”Remember, remember, the fifth of November”: history plays on Terrorism?’
Alexandra Hagen: ‘Mediating the message: the visual construct of terror in contemporary German literature after 9/11′

Arts Building Seminar Room 7: Genres and Topics (Chair: Morven Fraser)
Claire Whitehead: ‘Reinventing the Russian detective story: the case of Boris Akunin’.
Robert Wilson: ‘Camilleri, Lucarelli and Wheatley: the goldfish rides out’
Léa Vuong: ‘Adding new layers: Pascal Quignard’s recuperation of the fairy tale’

12.30 Lunch (Parliament Hall)
14.00-15.30 Parallel sessions
Arts Building Seminar Room 3: Poetry (Chair: Rossella Riccobono)
Gaston Franssen: ‘Authors and idols: contemporary authorship and cultural celebrity’
Gillian Ania: ‘The Twin Towers disaster: a poetic response by Giovanna Capucci’

Arts Building Seminar Room 1: Self and Truth (Chair: Elise Hugueney-Léger)
Jérémy Mahut: The resort to testimony in Western European theatre since the beginning of the 21st century or theatre faces mass media’
Emily Finer: ‘The return of the literary fact? Daniel Stein, Translator, by Ludmila Ulitskaya’
Nicola Gavioli: ‘Antonio Moresco: increationist’

Arts Building Seminar Room 5: Writing Histories, Writing Futures (Chair: Sarah Dillon)
Peter Sjolyst-Jackson: ‘Aporias of post-war testimony: event and archive in Roy Jacobsen’s The Loggers
Angela Kershaw: ‘Situating Irène Némirovsky in the world republic of letters’
Leslie Adelson: ‘The future of futurity: Alexander Kluge and Yoko Tawada en prose

Arts Building Seminar Room 6: Migrations and Spaces (Chair: Robert Wilson)
Piera Carroli: ‘Quando nasci è una roulette: subjects and narratives beyond national borders’
Andrea Gazzoni: ‘Migrant storytelling: trauma, history, stories and restoration in contemporary multicultural literature in Italy’
Mario Prisco: ‘Experiences of disintegration in Italian migrant narrative’

Arts Building Seminar Room 7: Genres and Topics (Chair: M-A Hutton)
Ernest Schonfield: ‘German economic novels in the age of globalisation: Hein, Spinnen and Händler’
Gillian Pye: ‘Material world: objects and identity in 21st-century German novels’

15.30 Coffee (Foyer, Arts Building)
16.00-17.30 Plenary session (Arts Building Lecture Theatre)
Chair: Michael Gratzke
Allyson Fiddler: ‘Austria’s novelists write back’
Followed by an open discussion of politics and 21st-century literatures
19.00 Conference Dinner (Lower College Hall)

Friday 17th September

9.00-10.30 Plenary Session (Arts Building Theatre)
Introduction: Ricardo Fernandez
Speaker: Lolita Bosch

10.30 Coffee (Foyer, Arts Building)
11.00-12.30 Parallel Sessions
Arts Building Seminar Room 1: Self and Truth (Chair: Sarah Dillon) 
Alexis Grohmann: ‘Wild realism’
Anna McFarlane: ‘The Cyberpunk Gestalt: Perception and Autopoeisis in Identity Politics’

Arts Building Seminar Room 3: Writing Histories, Writing Futures (Chair: Ricardo Fernández)
Anja Gerigk: ‘After posthistoire: the state of historically conscious European fiction in Terézia Mora’s Alle Tage (2004)’
Sarah Harris: ‘The millennial end to Spain’s pact of silence: narrative fiction and recovery from trauma’
Jose Saval: Javier Cercas’ Soldiers of Samalis: Spanish Civil War revisited’

Arts Building Seminar Room 5: Panel (Chair: M-A Hutton)
Sam Francis: ‘”Two big streams that couldn’t make a river”: gender, dystopia and apocalypse in the future fictions of Maggie Gee’
Martyn Colebrook: ‘Apocalyptic French science fiction: Michel Houllebecq’s The Possibility of An Island

12.30 Lunch (Parliament Hall)
14.00 Plenary session (Arts Building Lecture Theatre)
Introduction: Sarah Dillon
Speakers: Ken MacLeod: ‘What can literary fiction and science fiction learn from each other?’