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TitelNarration and Reflection - Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature
An International Journal of Comparative Literature

A special issue on

Narration and

guest edited by

Stefano Ercolino (Freie Universität
Berlin) and Christy Wampole (Princeton University)

In this special issue of Compar(a)ison, we seek to investigate
the challenging relationship between narration and reflection, which seems to
require thought and narrative to conform, respectively, to both the heuristic
and rhetorical potential and strictures of mimesis and thinking. We invite
contributions pertaining to literature and the visual arts.

Possible lines of inquiry

• How does the language of
reflection manifest itself literarily?

• In forms such as the essay
and essayistic hybrids (the novel-essay, the exemplum in philosophical texts),
how is thought subjected to the rules of narration?

• What is the relationship
between literary form and knowledge?

• What did the “essayistic
turn” of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century fiction signify for
literary history and, particularly, for the history of the novel? How did such
an essayistic turn affect the literary representation of modernity?

• How does narration deal with
reflection that is image- rather than language-based? Are films better at narrating
thoughts than literary prose?

• Does thought naturally
conform to narrative norms? Do our thoughts organize themselves in the form of
stories? Have time and convention trained us this way, or is narrative thought
an anthropological characteristic?

• What are the limits of
stream-of-consciousness literature? How does narration of reflection differ in
“subjective” versus “objective” realism?

• How can the etymologies of
“reflection” (re=“back”, flectere=“to bend”) and narration (gnarus=”knowing”)
inform our thinking about both?

• Do some thoughts resist
narration? What are the characteristics of such thoughts?

• What is the rhetorical
gambit of a particular narrative style for depicting thoughts?• What is the relationship
between the thinking writer and the thinking reader?


Please send a 200- to 300-word
abstract to Stefano Ercolino and Christy
Wampole . We accept submissions in English, French,
German, Spanish, and Italian. Length of final articles will be between 6,000 and 8,000
words. Deadline for final articles: October 1, 2014.

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Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.06.00 Literaturtheorie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik > 03.08.02 Dichtung und Sprache; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien
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