Prose fiction panels at MLA

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    Jonathan Grossman

    The session sponsored at the upcoming MLA by the Prose Fiction forum is:

    316. Cli-Fi: Climate Change and Narrative Fiction
    Friday, 8 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 409, JW Marriott

    Presiding: Wai Chee Dimock, Yale Univ.

    1. “Ecocatastrophic Nightmares in Recent Experimental Fiction,” Courtney Traub, Univ. of Oxford

    2. “Climate-Change Fiction and the Future Anterior,” Richard Crownshaw, Goldsmiths, Univ. of London

    3. “Genre and Atmotechnics—Cli-Fi Performativity?” Derek Woods, Rice Univ.

    Lots of other panels look interesting of course but specially indexed as prose fiction are:

    499. Revisiting Dialogue

    Saturday, 9 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., 14, ACC

    Presiding: William A. Cohen, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

    Speakers:Vera J. Camden, Kent State Univ., Kent; William A. Cohen; Laura Green, Northeastern Univ.;Audrey Jaffe, Univ. of Toronto; Mary Ann O’Farrell, Texas A&M Univ., College Station

    Session Description:

    Asking whether dialogue has been prematurely relegated to the category of the familiar, the uncomplicated, and the known, speakers raise questions about or instances of dialogue in the novel that destabilize our too-familiar sense of its place and work. We want to discuss with other scholars the question of what offices dialogue serves for the novel.

    742. Novel Thinking: Contemporary Literature without Form
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    Sunday, 10 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., 208, JW Marriott

    Presiding: Christopher Holmes, Ithaca Coll.

    1. “The Problem of Expression: Lessons from (Iranian) Cinema,” Timothy Bewes, Brown Univ.

    2. “J. M. Coetzee on the Novel’s Alterity Effect,” Dorothy J. Hale, Univ. of California, Berkeley

    3. “At the Limit: Novel Thinking against Form,” Christopher Holmes

    For abstracts, visit

    817. Is the Short Story Queer?

    Sunday, 10 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 9B, ACC

    Presiding: Christopher Looby, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

    Speakers: GerShun Avilez, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Dorri Beam, Syracuse Univ.; Shannon Brennan, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Natasha Hurley, Univ. of Alberta; Kate Krueger, Arkansas State Univ.; Jennifer Schnepf, Harvard Univ.; Omari Weekes, Univ. of Pennsylvania

    For abstracts and stories, write to after 1 Dec.

    Session Description:

    Is there something queer about the short story? Is it the perverse narrative “other” of the novel’s heteronormative proclivities? Discussion of relations between sexuality and narrative scale in such short story writers as James Baldwin, Ambrose Bierce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Radclyffe Hall, Bret Harte, W. W. Jacobs, Sarah Orne Jewett, Edgar Allan Poe, Makeda Silvera, and Gertrude Stein.


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