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CONFERENCE: The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday, 1750-2000

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CONFERENCE: The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday, 1750-2000


JULY 1-4, 2014

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Maud Ellmann, Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English, Chicago
  • Assistant Professor Julie Park, Vassar
  • Professor John Plotz, Brandeis

Book Launch:

  • Professor John Frow Character and Person (Oxford University Press, 2014)


The conference will open up the nuances of the term ‘prosaic’ by exploring the privileged relationship between the novel genre and multiple and complex categories of the ‘everyday’. Building on John Plotz’s notion of the novel as exemplary ‘portable property’, the conference will address the relationship between novel-reading as everyday activity and the novel’s prosaic subject matter, whether this is conceived as material object, cultural practice, or speech act.

Suggested topics:

  • The novel and things
  • The novel and film/and TV
  • Readerships of the novel
  • The novel and gender
  • The novel and childhood
  • Queer novels
  • Psychologies of the novel
  • Novel genres
  • The odd or uncategorisable
  • The secular imagination
  • Book history and the novel
  • The novel and the digital everyday
  • Characters as quasi-persons
  • Novel worlds
  • The novel and the institutionalisation of affect
  • The novel as political action
  • Temporalities of the novel
  • The novel and the forms of property
  • The scale of the novel

Check Session 3 Prosaic Affects
Eastern Avenue Auditorium

Chair Lee Wallace (Sydney)

Mimi Lu, Sydney, 'Pursuits of Happiness in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure'

Conall Cash, UNSW, 'Cruges in Sintra: Some Considerations on Affect and the Everyday in the Realist Novel, Following Jameson'

Naomi Milthorpe, U Tas, '“Fatigues and things”: Boredom and objects in Henry Green’s Party Going'

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