Nadine Gordimer, Jump and Other Stories: “the alternative lives I invent”

International Conference

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

4-5 October 2018

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2018

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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 and unity
-the local and the global
-the ex-centric
-the private and the public
-horror and irony

All 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.

Vanessa Guignery, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Christian Gutleben, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis