Event Series

Get an insider’s look at forgotten masterpieces in a unique book club at Stanford! Another Look selects brief works to encourage busy Bay Area residents to read, meets quarterly and features a panel discussion of professors and writers, followed by an audience discussion. Check out the club’s website for the next book selection, author insights and podcasts.

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. 

Featured events from our world-renowned Creative Writing Program, including readings and lectures from Stegner and Jones fellows, and guest speakers. 

Our esteemed faculty's book release/book reading events typically feature a panel of colleagues who discuss the intricacies, nuances, and merits of the newly released work. 

English Department Cosponsored events. 

External events from our peer departments in the university that everyone should check out! 

Events that feature primarily an English Department Faculty, or a speaker that the English Department is sponsoring to speak. 

Our workshop examines the  “contemporary” with a focus on defining moments such as: 1945, 1973, 1989, 2001, and 2020. In recent years the concept of the contemporary has been taken up within limited disciplinary discourses and in the context of distinct geographical settings. The horizon of this workshop, however, is the global. We employ a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the hybrid term “contemporary” as it intersects various fields and serves as a heuristic device to understand phenomena in politics, culture, and the arts.