"Hello, I Say, It's Me": (Re)Constructions of Subjectivity

 in Contemporary Literature and Culture
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10:00 – 1:00 pm  Registration

1:30 pm                Welcoming Remarks

2:002:45 pm    PANEL I: (Re) Inscribing the Subject in Literary History and Literary Theory

SASCHA PÖHLMANN (MÜNCHEN): ‘The Solipsist Errs’: Narrating I² in Shelley Jackson’s Half Life (2006)

2:45 – 3:00 pm   Coffee Break

3:004:30 pm   JAN D. KUCHARZEWSKI (DÜSSELDORF): "I wasn’t the genre I thought I was": Re-Inscribing the Subject into the (Post?)-Postmodern Autobiography

HANNA MERETOJA (TURKU): From Problematization to Rehabilitation of Subjectivity in the French Postwar Novel: Alain Robbe-Grillet's In the Labyrinth and Michel Tournier's The Erl-King

4:30 – 5:00 pm  Coffee Break


5:00 – 6:45 pm  PANEL II: Contemporary Subjects in Crisis

SIRKKA KNUUTTILA (HELSINKI): The Postrational Subject and the Challange of Expressing Traumatic Memory

ALEXANDER DUNST (NOTTINGHAM): Post-Schizophrenia, Post-Postmodernism: Dialogical Subjectivity and the Return of the Other

7:00 pm              Dinner


9:30 11:00 am  PANEL III: Embodied Subjectivities

ANJA MÜLLER-WOOD (MAINZ): Being 'Me' and Being Dead: The New Materialism in Contemporary British Fiction

MARKUS M. MÜLLER (TRIER): Adolescence Forever Lost or Regained? Aging Subjects in North American Novels

11:00 – 11:15 am  Coffee Break

11:15 –  1:15  pm  PANEL IV: Renegotiating the Postcolonial Subject

                             EVA GRUBER (KONSTANZ): Repositioning the Racialized Subject


PIETER VERMEULEN (LEUVEN): Beyond Melancholy: Lyric Subjectivity in Chang-Rea Lee's Native Speaker

 1:15 – 2:30 pm

 2:30 – 4:30 pm  PANEL V: Narrating subjectivities

DENNIS KERSTEN (NIJMEGEN): Life after the Death of the Author: The Adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson in Contemporary Biographical Fiction



NICOLE SCHRÖDER (PADERBORN): Narrating (My) Self: Subjectivity in Recent American Novels


 4:30 – 5:00 pm Final Discussion and Conclusion