Nadine Gordimer : Jump and Other Stories

Organisé par Vanessa Guignery (IHRIM, ENS de Lyon) et Christian Gutleben (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis)

Deadline for proposals : 30 June 2018

Keynote speakers : Professor Rita Barnard, University of Pennsylvania, Professor Stephen Clingman, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

This international conference seeks to offer new perspectives on Nadine Gordimer’s collection of short stories Jump and Other Stories, published in 1991, the year Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Contributors are invited to adopt a variety of approaches that will illuminate the main themes, narrative strategies, literary traditions, modes of writing, generic traits, structural principles and any other component of the collection. We encourage contributors to take into account the whole collection rather than individual stories. Proposals may focus on, but are not restricted to, the following topics :

 home and homecoming
 politics and poetics
 post-apartheid literature
 specificity of the genre of the short story
 polyphony / multivocality
 silence and the unsaid
 Nadine Gordimer as an “interpreter of South Africa” (Clingman)
 fragmentation vs unity
 the local and the global
 the ex-centric
 the private and the public
 horror and ironyAll papers will be delivered in English. They will be peer-reviewed for publication in the scholarly journal CYCNOS, a publication of the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Récits Cultures Et Sociétés of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

Contributors are invited to send a title and an abstract in English (300 words) along with a short biography (200 words) to Vanessa Guignery and Christian Gutleben by 30 June 2018.