Broken narratives abound in literary and cultural history. Serialized literary works, serial television, fragmented novels, and shuffle literature are among the many forms that use brokenness as a resource for unfolding narratives. The eclectic nature and the many avatars of “broken narratives” make them valuable sites for comparative studies. Arguably, brokenness remains integral to certain textual forms more than others: Segmentation and sequentiality, for instance, are identified as key to the comic form (McCloud) as well as narrative poetry (McHale; DuPlessis) and television series (O’Sullivan). Whereas the visual illusion of movement in films is based on a series of still frames, only a few films foreground that discontinuity or brokenness at the level of their narratives. Similarly, contemporary scholarly and popular interest (see Ted Gioia) in such narratives draw attention to the long history of “fragmented novels” in printed prose fiction. Electronic fictions also use segmentation (with repetition), and not surprisingly, they have been compared to poetry (Marcos Novak; Robert Pinsky) on formal grounds. Thus, broken narratives present questions that transcend boundaries of literary and cultural periods, and prompt us to consider the relations of various narrative forms with media affordances. Accordingly, this year’s Graduate Conference organized by the English Graduate Organization (Dept of English, Ohio State University) will explore the many manifestations of “broken narratives”--broadly defined--in the context of media history and culture.
We invite graduate students to present papers that address related issues. Topics might include but are not restricted to:
--The serial novel.
--Seriality in television, video games, and other new media.
--Magazines, comics, and serialized print culture.
--Fragmentation and/or broken narratives across literary periods and genres.
--The stylistics or forms of seriality
--The politics of seriality, fragmentation, and “brokenness”
--Fragmented, queer, or “broken” temporalities
--The narrativity of the “broken” body or the “broken” body as narrative
--Sequelization, remakes, reboots
--Performing broken narratives
Narrative, seriality, form, media culture, fragmentation
Please submit your 250-300 word abstract as e-mail attachment to ego.osu[at]gmail[dot]com by July 15, 2014. Kindly mention “Submission: EGO Graduate Conference” in the subject line of your e-mail. All submissions should include the title of the paper, the abstract as well as the name, the institutional affiliation, and contact information of the author. For any queries, please feel free to contact us at ego.osu[at]gmail[dot]com or ghosal.2[at]osu[dot]edu.