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Meeting Program Units

2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins: 11/17/2018
Meeting Ends: 11/20/2018

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.


Call For Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call For Papers Closes: 3/7/2018
Requirements for Participation

Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative section is planning two open sessions at the 2018 annual meeting: 1) The Greek Novel. Returning to our section's roots, we seek proposals that engage directly with the five extant Greek novels (by Chariton, Xenophon of Ephesus, Achilles Tatius, Longus, and Heliodorus) or novel fragments. 2) Speech in Ancient Narratives. For a joint session with the Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World section, we invite proposals that examine the narratological dimensions of speech in ancient narratives. What role, for example, does dialogue play in narrative functions like plot, focalization, or characterization? Does speech (portrayed through direct or indirect discourse) emphasize important narrative themes, create irony, increase suspense, etc.? How are different speech modes (e.g., highly stylized public speech versus everyday talk) employed in a given narrative? We welcome diverse methodological and theoretical perspectives, as well as focused case studies regarding specific ancient narratives. As always, we also welcome proposals on any topic relevant to the group's focus.

Program Unit Chairs

Christy Cobb
Scott S. Elliott

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