Category Archives: graduate students

CfP:”Representations of Textual and Contextual Boundaries in Academic Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Film” in Kaunas, Lithuania 27-28 April, 2017

 

Session organized within the framework of the

“Texts and Contexts: The Phenomenon of Boundaries” conference

Vilnius University Kaunas, Faculty of Humanities

This panel aims to explore the representations of different boundaries at work in academic fiction, non-fiction and film, be they referring to genre and its textual fabric, or the reality and different contexts these narratives depict.

Submissions can relate, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Textual vs. material reality in academic narratives,
  • Student-teacher boundaries and off-limits behaviors in academic narratives,
  • Divisions in the academe,
  • No limits – academic utopias and dystopias,
  • Breaking the boundary of realism – sci-fi academic narratives,
  • Limits of empathy and identification – academics reading and writing academic novels,
  • Frontiers and trailblazers in the academe,
  • Probing the limits of truth, or facts and fiction in academic narratives and life writing – autofiction, roman à  clef etc.,
  • Academic metafiction and breaking down of the fourth wall – writers writing about writers and writing,
  • Limitless navel-gazing? Self-reflexivity in academic narratives, or academics writing about academe and academics
  • Academic novel – genre boundaries and margins

Please send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) for a 20-minute paper, and a bio note by 6 February, 2017 to the session organizer Marta Lysik at marta.lysik@uwr.edu.pl.

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Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect

1November 11, 2014 – The Canberra Times

Gang-gang: The Rosie Project is University of Canberra’s Book of the Year by Ian Warden

“It is about Don Tillman, an autistic, socially-challenged associate professor of genetics who takes a scientific approach to his search for love. He has prepared a 16-page questionnaire to be completed by any candidates for his affections. Rosie, a fiery Ph.D student, is the object of not so much his affections as his calculations.”

September 2014:  The Rosie Effect

 

‘Off Course,’ by Michelle Huneven

Layout 1A doctoral dissertation not getting written is never just a doctoral dissertation not getting written. It’s always a stand-in for something more consequential (take it from a former grad student who knows). But when we encounter Cressida (Cress) Hartley, the protagonist of Michelle Huneven’s fourth novel, ‘Off Course,’ she doesn’t realize this yet. In fact, she has just persuaded her parents to allow her to live in their vacation cabin in California’s Sierra Nevada for “three months free and clear,” so that she can ‘bang . . . out’ her dissertation in economics.”

May 23, 2014 – The New York Times

Writer’s Retreat. ‘Off Course,’ by Michelle Huneven

By Naomi Fry