Center for the Study of the Novel
The Center for the Study of the Novel promotes conversation on the novel and related narrative genres as these forms have been practiced across history and cultures. CSN is committed to the importance of studying literature as a primary form of human expression, even as it examines what interdisciplinary perspectives may tell us about literature and the novel in particular. CSN further is committed to studying the history and practice of literary criticism and theory illuminating the novel and its relations to society and culture.
Objects of inquiry include long prose fictions, the powerful cultural role played by the novel, oral forms and their relation to print culture, as well as the expansion of narrative into newer media, such as cinema and digital technologies. We attend to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of the novel and ask how the literary aspects of the novel are shaped by extra-literary contexts and other artistic paradigms. Even as CSN devotes significant attention to major works of the novelistic canon, we also study forgotten and poetically devalued novels, including those that are situated at, and help to define, the boundaries of the genre.
Please join us on Friday, October 29th for the Center for the Study of the Novel’s Books at the Center event.
Please join the Center for the Study of the Novel on Friday, May 14th at 10:00 AM PST for our final event of the academic year: Anti-…
We are delighted to host Katarzyna Ancuta, presenting her talk on “In Search of Asian Gothic”:
Please join us on Monday, April 30th for the “Crime Narratives” event at the Center for the Study of the Novel. We are delighted to welcome Andrea Goulet,…
The Center for the Study of the Novel is pleased to invite you to our final event of the Winter quarter. Jeanne-Marie Jackson…
Please join us on Monday, February 8th for the Center for the Study of the Novel’s third book launch event of the year.