Center for the Study of the Novel

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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. 

Past Events

May
23
Date
Thu May 23rd 2019, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room
Wai Chee Dimock (Yale), Colin Milburn (Davis), John Plotz (Brandeis)
 
What does…
May
23
Date
Thu May 23rd 2019, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
Terrace Room

Wai Chee Dimock (Yale), Colin Milburn (Davis), John Plotz (Brandeis) What does literature have to tell us about the future of the earth in the Age of the Anthropocene?

May
3
Date
Fri May 3rd 2019, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location:
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall

The Ian Watt Lecture in the History and Theory of the Novel commemorates the renowned Stanford professor whose work has profoundly influenced literary study for nearly 60 years.

March
1
Date
Fri March 1st 2019, 3:00pm - Sat March 2nd 2019, 5:00pm
Location:
Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory, ed. Matthew Garret. Cambridge UP, 2018.

 

April
17
Date
Thu April 17th 2014, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location:
Levinthal Hall (Stanford Humanities Center)

Professor McKeon is the author of The Secret History of Domesticity: Public, Private, and the Division of Knowledge (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), which won a Professional and…

April
17
Date
Thu April 17th 2014, 5:30pm
Location:
Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall

One of the leading scholars of the English novel, Professor Michael McKeon (Rutgers), will speak about the genre of the novel as it relates to wide-ranging cultural and historical contexts…

March
4
Date
Tue March 4th 2014, 5:30pm
Location:
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (460-426)

CSN book discussion with Larry Buell about The Dream of the Great American Novel, with respondent, Gavin Jones. 

 

December
5
Date
Thu December 5th 2013, 5:00pm
Location:
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (460-426)

Time in Our Time: A Conversation with Martin Hägglund and Michael Clune.