CfP: Conference Panel "From Boccaccio to Calvino: Self-Reflexion in Italian Narrative Fiction"

Biennial Conference of the Society for Italian Studies (SIS)

Place and Time:
St Andrews, Scotland, July 3-9, 2011
Deadline extension: February 2, 2011

Please email abstracts (200-500 words) to the panel organizers by Wednesday, February 2: Cristina Ríos (C.L.Rios[at] and Olivia Santovetti (o.santovetti[at]

Due to the recent deadline extension for the proposal of panels for the SIS (Society for Italian Studies) Biennial Conference at St Andrews, Scotland (July 3-9, 2011), we would like to encourage postgraduate students and scholars to submit abstracts for the above  panel, which aims to explore and examine the wide range, function and nature of self-reflexive devices and techniques in Italian narrative fiction.

As we received a number of abstracts covering the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Ottocento for the original CFP, we now welcome papers on the modern and contemporary period, which examine any of the following (indicative not exhaustive):

- Self-reflexion and theory (terminology; categories, models, typologies; diachronic approaches; comparative approaches)

- Self-reflexion and the Italian context (Are there specific Italian variations of self-reflexion? Culture-specific considerations)

- Self-reflexion and genre (parody; forms that fuse fiction and literary theory and criticism; autobiografiction)

- Self reflexive techniques (frames; narrative embedding; digression, metalepsis; mise-en-abyme; marked intertextuality, metaphors, etc. as expressions of self-reflexion; authorial alter-egos; dialogue with the reader; representations of reading and writing).

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