Liminality and the Short Story

University of Würzburg, Germany

March 7-10, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

14.00-15.30 Registration: Conference Office 1.013 ZHSG (Z6)

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break/Conference Warming

16.00-16.15 Welcome Address:
Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann (University of Würzburg)
16.15-17.45 The Liminality of the Short Story I

Chair: Jochen Achilles (University of Würzburg)

  • 16.15-17.00 Susan Lohafer (University of Iowa, Iowa City)
    "Between Story and Essay: Micro-Markers of Storyness"
  • 17.00-17.45 Alfred Bendixen (Texas A&M University, College Station)
    "The Liminal Spaces of Hawthorne's Short Story Cycles"

19.30 Dinner

Friday, March 8, 2013

9.00-10.30 The Liminality of the Short Story II

Chair: Susan Lohafer (University of Iowa)

  • 9.00-9.45 Michael Basseler (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen)
    "Cognitive Liminality: The Short Story as Epistemological Fiction"
  • 9.45-10.30 Renate Brosch (University of Stuttgart)
    "Narrative Transgressions: Third Space as an Emergent Blend in the Short Story Experience"

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 Liminality and the Short Story I

Chair: Oliver Scheiding (Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz)

  • 11.00-11.45 Kasia Boddy (University of Cambridge)
    "The Short Story Anthology: Between Locality and Nation"
  • 11.45-12.30 Jochen Achilles (University of Würzburg)
    "Modes of Liminality in Modern American Short Fiction"

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Postgraduate Forum (PGF): Liminality and the Short Story

Organizers and Chairs: Juliane Braun, Annabella Fick, Stefan Hippler, and Sabrina Hüttner (University of Würzburg)

  • Evelyn Mayer (Saarland University, Saarbrücken, and Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz): "Indigenous Interstitial Spaces: Liminality in Thomas King's Short Story 'Borders'"
  • Florian Zappe (Freie Universität Berlin): "In the Generic Interzone: On the Liminal Character of William S. Burroughs' 'Routines'"
  • Katherine Orr (University of Chichester): "Liminality, Metamorphic Experience and the Short Story Form"

16.00-16.30 Coffee Break

16.30-18.00 Liminality and the Short Story II

Chair: Michael Basseler (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen)

  • 16.30-17.15 Oliver Scheiding (Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz)
    "Brevity and Liminality in Early American Literary Magazines"
  • 17.15-18.00 Ina Bergmann (University of Würzburg)
    "'I Have Heard Many Stranger Stories Than This, in the Villages Along the Hudson': Magic Realism in Upstate New York?"

19.30 Dinner

Saturday, March 9, 2013

9.00-10.30 Liminality in the Short Story I

Chair: Ina Bergmann (University of Würzburg)

  • 9.00-9.45 Claire Drewery (Sheffield Hallam University)
    "'The Limits of my Language': Liminal Discourse and Contingent Identity in Modernist Women's Short Fiction"
  • 9.45-10.30 Glenda Carpio (Harvard University)
    "Richard Wright and the African American Short Story"

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-12.30: Liminality in the Short Story II

Chair: Alfred Bendixen (Texas A&M University)

  • 11.00-11.45 Susanne Rohr (Hamburg University)
    "Madness as a Liminal State in the American Short Story"
  • 11.45-12.30 Carmen Birkle (Philipps-University, Marburg)
    "Of Death, Dying, and Disease: The Short Story and American Heterotopian Illness Narratives"

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.15 Liminality in the Short Story III

Chair: Carmen Birkle (Philipps-University, Marburg)

  • 14.00-14.45 Ailsa Cox (Edge Hill University, Ormskirk)
    "'Almost Like a Ghost': Spectral Figures in Alice Munro"
  • 14.45-15.30 Paul March-Russell (University of Kent, Canterbury)
    "'I am not that': Liminality in the Short Fiction of Joanna Russ"
  • 15.30-16.15 Jeff Birkenstein (St. Martin's University, Lacey)
    "How Significant Food Makes a Short Story into a Meal"

19.00 Dinner

Sunday, March 10, 2013

9.00-12.00 Dr. Peter A. Süß: "Würzburg's Liminalities in Franconian and Bavarian History"

12.00-14.00 Lunch/End of Conference