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Conference information

  • Conference date:
    3 – 4 May 2017


  • The Lakeside Lecture Theatres, Aarhus University (1252-310)    

Fictionality in Literature: Core Concepts Revisited

The conference Fictionality in Literature: Core Concepts Revisited brings together rhetorical fictionality theory with central concepts and critical terms of literary theory.

Current concepts of literary theory have been developed under different theoretical paradigms (New Criticism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, and so on) and many, if not most, of them have relied on unexamined assumptions about the nature of fiction.

This conference explores in which way and to what extent our understanding of literary concepts might change when approaching these from a rhetorical concept of fictionality.

Confirmed speakers

  • Louise Brix Jacobsen (Aalborg University)                         
  • Gerald Prince (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Henrik Skov Nielsen (Aarhus University)   
  • Sylvie Patron (Université Paris Diderot)
  • Porter Abbott (University of California, Santa Barbara)     
  • Maria Mäkelä (University of Tampere)
  • Laura Karttunen (University of Tampere)         
  • Karin Kukkonen (University of Oslo)
  • Richard Walsh (University of York)     
  • Lasse Gammelgaard (Aarhus University)
  • Catherine Gallagher (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Simona Zetterberg Gjerlevsen (Aarhus University)
  • Greta Olson (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)
  • James Phelan (The Ohio State University)
  • Jakob Lothe (University of Oslo)                
  • Susan Lanser (Brandeis University)