MIT Literature presents

2014 International Conference on Narrative

March 27-29 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

International Society for the Study of Narrative

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All participants must join the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

Plenary Speakers
Leslie Bow, University of Wisconsin
Ruth Perry, MIT
Priscilla Wald, Duke University


Registration is now open.

Early registration closes on Feb. 10, 2014, at which time fees adjust to the full conference rates.

NOTE: If you attempted to register for the 2014 Narrative Conference in early February, you may have seen a message that the Preconference Reception (Wed, March 26) and the closing Dance Reception (Sat, March 29) were full. We apologize for this error — these events are open to all conference attendees.

March 5, 2014 is the deadline to reserve rooms at the Boston Marriott Cambridge at the conference rate of $179/night plus applicable taxes. Please visit the hotel and travel link at left for further information.

Best Graduate Student Paper

All graduate students who present papers at the conference are invited to compete for the prize for the best graduate student paper. The winner will receive a copy of a Perkins Prize-winning book of his or her choice and will be encouraged to expand the winning paper for consideration by Narrative. In addition, the 2014 award winner will be eligible for $500 toward expenses to attend the 2015 conference.

Submit papers electronically as attachments (Word or pdf) to both of the judges: Kay Young <>and Paul Wake <>. Papers must be received by May 1, 2014.

Papers must be unrevised conference presentations. While formatting changes, correction of typos, and the addition of a Works Cited page are acceptable, changes to the substance of the argument are not.


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Twitter: @Narrative2014

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2014 Narrative Program

Stata Center building image by Chris Harnish.

Coordinators: James Buzard (MIT) and Sue Kim (UMass-Lowell).