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Conference "To Be Continued:"The Novel and Forms of Narrative Continuation

17.02.2023 - 18.02.2023

Conference Schedule


Friday, Feb 17


9:15 Welcome


9:30-11:00 Panel I

Frank Kelleter (Freie Universität Berlin), Fake Publics are Real Too: On Judith Sargent Murray’s The Gleaner (1792–1798)

MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg), Clotels; or, The Revisioning/Reprinting Continuations of the President’s Daughter


11:00-11:15 Coffee Break


11:15-12:45 Panel II

Andreas Mahler (Freie Universität Berlin), Continuation and the Novel. Open Context and the Problem of Closure

Deidre Lynch (Harvard University), Ali Smith and the Unfinished Book. The Seasons Quartet and Seriality in an Electronic Age


12:45-14:15 Lunch Break


14:15-15:45 Panel III

Florian Sedlmeier (Ruhr University Bochum), Parody and Caricature. Tabitha Gilman Tenney

Ulla Haselstein (Freie Universität Berlin), Parody of Parody. Twain and Coover


15:45-16:00 Coffee Break


16:00-17:30 Panel IV

Tobias Jochum (Freie Universität Berlin), B. Traven’s Gerard Gales Cycle in the Americas: Serialized Polemics, Translation, and the Writer’s Hustle

Sabine Sielke (University of Bonn), Insistence, Seriality, Memory. Echoes of Gertrude Stein in Popular Culture


19:00 Conference Dinner





Saturday, Feb 18


9:30-11:00 Panel V

Birte Wege (Freie Universität Berlin), Robot Reboots

Birgit Spengler (University of Wuppertal), Intertextual Chronotopes


11:00-11:15 Coffee Break


11:15-12:45 Panel VI

James Dorson (LMU Munich), Business Fiction and the Project Form

Jeremy Rosen (University of Utah), The Genre Turn and Immersion in Fictional Worlds


12:45-14:00 Lunch Break


14:00-15:30 Panel VII

Julie Dickson (Freie Universität Berlin), Beyond Olive. Ageing Communities and Ideologies of Possibility in Elizabeth Strout’s “Open Books”

Andrew Gross (University of Göttingen), After the End. The Post-Pandemic Narrative of the Apocalypse


15:30 Concluding Remarks


19:00 Conference Dinner






Zeit & Ort

17.02.2023 - 18.02.2023

Lansstr. 7-9
14195 Berlin