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RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelNarrative Turning Points (in Theory and Practice)
BeschreibungACLA 2016: March 17-20, 2016, Cambridge, MA

CFP: Narrative Turning Points (in Theory and Practice)

Organizers: Anita Lukic and Johannes Türk, Indiana University, Bloomington

A key narratological concept that has recently received attention from literary scholars is the turning point: an event or encounter in a person's (or character's) life that marks an important change. It is distinct from a rite of passage insofar as it is the individual who retrospectively attributes importance to it, instead of being a culturally mandated ritual. While it might be easy to think of concrete instances of the turning point - Jerome Bruner, who first called attention to the concept, cites high school graduations as a common example among Americans - the concept seems to resist theorization. Indeed, the absence of a theory of character change more generally suggests that literary scholars have yet to find meaningful ways to talk about change. This is all the more surprising since the turning point has a long history in literary theory, as evidenced by such devices as peripeteia (in plot) and metabole (in rhetoric). In addition, the most important narratological discussions taking place in eighteenth-century Germany focus on character change as the defining feature of the modern novel, which is most fully realized in the Bildungsroman tradition. This insight has received its most productive treatment in Lukacs' Theory of the Novel but has remained underdeveloped since then. This seminar wants to bring character change into theoretical focus through the analysis of turning points in various cultural contexts.

This panel invites a wide rage of submissions on any topic related to the concept of the turning point. The following discussion points are only suggestions: theoretical and methodological reflections on the turning point; interdisciplinary discussions of the turning point (psychology? cognitive science?); the relationship between the turning point and specific genres (such as tragedy, novella, the Bildungsroman, or the action movie); narrative modes of the turning point (how are turning points narrated?); the relationship between the turning point and other categories of change (peripeteia, metabole, climax); ideological implications of the turning point.?

You may submit an abstract through the ACLA website until Sept. 23. For more information on how to submit, please visit the ACLA website: If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact or
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VeranstaltungsortCambridge, MA
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
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