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The return of the narrative/ Le retour à la narration

On January 16&17 2014 the University of Amsterdam together with the Research Institute for History and Culture will organize a conference on the contemporary European novel, focusing on the “return of the narrative”, “le retour à la narration” as literary historians will apply this concept. Through the 1980s, criticism on the hermetic nature of many postmodern texts grew louder and louder; novelists expressed the wish to restore the bonds between the reader and the texts as well as between the texts and the extra-literary reality. Many a fiction writer was fed up with formalism and would restore the conventions of realism, though not applying them in a passive manner. Firstly, the result was a large number of novels in which the writer’s personality or a historical figure would be made the central point (autobiography/autofiction and biography/biofiction). Many contemporary authors break the postmodern principle that the portrayal of the character is of minor importance; they repudiated the dismantlement of the ‘Self’ and settled down again on the central position of the individual. This quest for identity goes hand in hand with renewed interest in the individual’s historical/social context: think, for instance, of the many current novels dealing with World Wars I and II, and of the numerous texts that offer reflections on our consumer society. At face value, many current authors are employing the strategies of the realistic novel again: clear portrayal of character, chronology, causal narrative style, commitment, simple style, much local colour, a distaste for postmodern irony &c. However, literary historians dealing with the post-postmodern or late postmodern novel agree that these conventional techniques are being applied in new manners, and that all twentieth century tendencies breaking realism do leave their traces on the contemporary novel: it might be a matter of hybrid forms combining realism and postmodernism. Scholars are invited to examine the question, by a particular novel, whether today there may be talk of a ‘return of the narrative’. One could examine questions such as:

“Could social commitment be again found in contemporary novels and how is this expressed?”
“Are people fed up with postmodern irony?”
“Are the conventions of the realistic novel employed again?”
“Has the quest for identity been back in fashion again?”
“Would the need for ‘small-scale’ tales be nourished by the debate on globalization/loss of autonomy within the European Union?”
“How is the link accomplished between the quest for individual identity and social-historical context?”

The length of the papers is restricted to 4000-5000 words. The paper should be submitted in advance of the conference.

Propositions (300 words) should be accompanied by a brief biography (max. 150 words) and can be submitted until 31 juli 2013 via Suze van der Poll ( or Sabine van Wesemael (
Deadline papers: 1 November 2013
Official languages: English and French
Location: University of Amsterdam
Date: January 16&17 2014
Selected papers will be considered for publication.

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PersonName: Sabine van Wesemael 
Funktion: assistant professor 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universiteit van Amsterdam 
Strasse/Postfach: Spuistraat 134 
Postleitzahl: 1012 VB 
Stadt: Amsterdam 
Telefon: 020-5254628 
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft
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