Remember, you have until March 15 to submit an abstract for the two sessions on Karl Ove Knausgård at the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, Texas.
Knausgård and Recent Nordic Literature
Although Knausgård’s Min kamp (My Struggle) remains unparalleled in length and ambition in contemporary Nordic literature, it is certainly not the only work to explore the relationship between fiction and (un)reality in today’s media-saturated social democracy. Much Nordic literature of the Knausgård moment offers significant investigations of gender, cultural memory, personal identity, and childhood, all while toying with the boundaries of fiction and life. We invite proposals that examine the theoretical and aesthetic questions posed by Min kamp and related literary projects from the Nordic countries. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julie K. Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kjerstin Moody (email@example.com).
Knausgård and Contemporary Autofiction
Karl Ove Knausgård’s six-volume autobiographical novel Min kamp (My Struggle), completed in 2011, has become the most internationally visible project at the boundary of fiction and life writing. Rich with essayistic insight and a hallucinatory grasp of memory details, Min kamp has rightly been heralded as a major work of autofiction. But Min kamp is only one example of an expanding twenty-first century field of “fictionless fiction” (fiktionsfri fiktion, as coined by the Danish critic Hans Hauge). This session invites proposals that aim to provide generic and comparative contexts for understanding Knausgård’s Min kamp series and autofiction today. 200-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Julie K. Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dean Krouk (email@example.com).