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Susan S. Lanser and Robyn R. Warhol are the originators of feminist narrative theory. They co-edited Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions (2015), awarded Honorable Mention for the 2015 Perkins Prize for the most significant contribution to narrative studies. It is the first edited collection to bring feminist, queer, and narrative theories into direct conversation with one another, and places gender and sexuality at the center of contemporary theorizing about the production, reception, forms, and functions of narrative texts.



Robyn Warhol

“Reading Like a Victorian: How to Experience Novels in their Serial Moments”

This is an open Lecture.

10:30–10:45 Break

Susan Lanser

“Narratology at the Checkpoint: Israel-Palestine and the Poetics of Entanglement”

This is an open Lecture.

12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:30 Discussion of queer/feminist narrative theory and the chapters (to be distributed) from the edited volume Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions

(Including breaks) Workshop: narrative and medium, narrative and political context, and other concerns related to contextualist narratology, queer/feminist narrative theory, historicist narratology, and other identity- and context-based approaches

18:15 Dinner at Cultur Bar & Restaurang, Stockholm's Old Town

About Lanser and Warhol

Susan Lanser

Susan Lanser is Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. Her scholarship concentrates on three areas: narrative theory and the novel, with a particular interest in women writers; eighteenth-century European studies; and gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of The Narrative Act: Point of View in Prose Fiction (1981), Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice (1992), The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830 (2014). Lanser is currently pursuing projects in the history of sexuality, in representations of the French Revolution, and in Israeli-Palestinian narratives.

Robyn Warhol

Robyn Warhol is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University. Her scholarship has focused on: narrative theory, feminist theory and the novel; Regency and Victorian novels, British and American women writers; television narrative and graphic memoir. She is the author of Gendered Interventions: Narrative Discourse in the Victorian Novel (1989), Having a Good Cry: Effeminate Feelings and Popular Forms (2003) and Love Among the Archives: Writing the Lives of Sir George Scharf, Victorian Bachelor (2015). Warhol’s current project is a website, “Reading Like a Victorian,” (victorianserialnovels.org). The site allows readers to get easy access to serial installments of Victorian novels alongside installments of other novels that were appearing in the same “serial moment,” or month and year.

Organising committee

Frida Beckman, Kristina Fjelkestam, Boel Hackman, Christer Johansson, Tiina Rosenberg

About the workshop

PhD students and senior researchers are invited to participate in a workshop aimed at bringing together scholars interested in narrativity and queer/feminist narrative theory. The workshop functions as a forum to exchange ideas and forge new academic alliances, and, not least, to discuss your own project.

​The workshop's specific and more general concerns include, but are not limited to: contextualist narratology, queer/feminist narrative theory, historicist narratology, and other identity- and context-based approaches.

The sessions are based on case studies and ideas generated and presented by the participants. The discussions are intended to encourage participants to explore specific approaches, challenge assumptions and develop new perspectives on their work. The participants are provided with a short reading list before the workshop so that they can be prepared to discuss particular aspects of their own research projects in relation to narratological research. These sessions are facilitated and chaired by Susan S. Lanser and Robyn R. Warhol.