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The end of the book - 18/11/2016, Bristol (England)


How do we know when we have reached the end of a book? What do we, as readers, expect to find at the end? With the last word(s) of the ‘text proper’ typically followed by author notes, afterwords, commentaries, indices, blank pages, and adverts for other texts, what do we, in fact, consider to be the ‘end’ of the book? How are our expectations forestalled or fulfilled by this paratextual (and epitextual) material, and how do the framing structures that end a book affect the reading, or rereading, of a text? Further, how does the end affect the beginning of a book, and what dialogue emerges between authors and readers in this liminal zone?


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Bristol (Bristol, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE:Dr Rhiannon Daniels (Modern Languages); Dr Jennifer Batt (English); Mr Richard Cole (Classics and Ancient History)

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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Inscripción online / registration online / registrazione online


8.30-9.00: Registration

9.00-9.45: Keynote Address

Laura Jansen (Bristol), ‘Liminal Readers of the End: Classical Myth and the Open Closures of Literature in Borges’ World Poetry’

9.45-10.45: Session 1, Endings that aren’t

Catherine Rozier (Swansea), ‘Telos, Nostos, and Succession: the Unresolved Ending of Homer’s Odyssey’

Richard Cole (Bristol), ‘Beyond the End - Metalepsis in Historical Fiction’

10.45-11.00: Tea/coffee break

11.00-12.30: Session 2, The Never-ending(s)

Natasha Simonova (Oxford), ‘“Volume the Last”: Seriality and the End of the 18th-century Novel’

Emmanuelle Waeckerle (UCA), ‘Reading (Story of) O: Does a Story Ever End?’

Otto (Graphic Artist), ‘Artists’ Books with Alternative Ends’

12.30-13.30: Lunch (provided)

13.30-14.30: Keynote Lecture

Kate Pullinger (Bath Spa), ‘From Book to Container: New forms, New possibilities’

14.30-14.45: Tea/coffee break

14.45-16.15: Session 3, Editorial Endings

Jennifer Rushworth (Oxford), ‘Petrarch’s Afterlife: The New Ends of Reception’

Cathy Hume (Bristol), ‘The Storie of Asneth and its Epilogue: an Elegiac Ending?’

Joe Howley (Columbia), ‘Setting (and Binding) the Table: Ancient Tables of Contents at the Beginnings and Ends of Modern Books’

16.15-16.30: Break

16.30-18.00: Session 4, Ending the Book?

Edward King (Bristol), ‘The Graphic Novel and Digital Culture in Latin America’

Michael Marcinkowski (Bath Spa), ‘Ambient Literature and the Beginning of a Ubiquitous Everything’

Nathan Jones (Royal Holloway), ‘The Glitch Poetics of the Speed Reader: Successor to the Book?’

18.00-19.00: Reception

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