December 10th, 2018
Welcome to the Brandeis Novel Symposium, an annual one-day conference that will hold its third annual meeting Friday April 12, 2019. Each year, the conference will have a dual focus: both on a particular novel and on theoretical and scholarly questions raised by the novel more generally. This year’s theoretical and critical topics unfold around the question of the graphic novel: last year’s symposium was about science fiction and centered on The Three Body Problem; the inaugural event in 2017 was on Karl Ove Knausgard’s My Struggle.
This year, the BNS board has chosen to focus on another fascinating edge case, the graphic novel. Even that label is a disputable one: many scholars prefer to speak of comics, and many of the works classed as graphic novels do not fit the traditional genre criteria for the novel per se. Indeed, one of the two texts we have chosen, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, is a memoir. The other, Sonny Liew’s brilliant The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, has a fictional protagonist, but is studiously faithful to the historical upheavals around Singapore’s independence struggles. So we anticipate that the papers and the discussion will not only zero in on the particular attributes of the books in question, but will also radiate outward to reflect upon the questions of genre and categorization that make the evolving field of the graphic narrative arts so fascinating.
As always, we encourage but do not require you to read Fun Home and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye in advance of the conference: if you can, please buy them at an independent local store like Million Year Picnic or New England Comics. There will also be some discussion (and a mixed graduate and undergraduate seminar in the morning) that focuses on Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.
You can register here: https://bns2019.wordpress.com/register/
December 3rd, 2018
Attached is a brochure advertising seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Spring 2019 semester. Please click the link below for the full list:
August 30th, 2018
Brandeis Novel Symposium
April 12, 2019
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2018
The third annual Brandeis Novel Symposium will address the graphic novel, with particular attention to three texts: Sonny Liew’s The Art of Chan Hock Chaye, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, and Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. We welcome paper that approach these texts and their genres from any perspective. Topics might include issues of fictionality, cultural translation, media, visual semiotics, political identity, genre history, sociology of reading, aesthetics, and more.
Papers may also use one of these three texts as a provocation or jumping off point into theoretical considerations of graphic novels or comics. In addition, we welcome papers that are not centered on any particular text: e.g., papers raising conceptual or theoretical questions about the graphic novel as a literary form and cultural practice.
October 30th, 2017
September 20th, 2017
September 20th, 2017
September 15th, 2017
September 1st, 2017
Attached is a brochure advertising seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Fall 2017 semester. Please click the link below for the full list:
April 24th, 2017
Wednesday, April 26
Nicole Amarteifio ’04 is the creator and executive producer of the hit African television and web series “An African City.” The show, which CNN and the BBC have called Africa’s answer to “Sex and the City,” follows the lives of five young African women who have recently resettled in Accra, Ghana (Amarteifio’s hometown), after living abroad for most of their lives.
Following the screening of an episode of the program that takes on the tense and tender ties between Africans and African-Americans, Carina Ray, associate professor of African and Afro-American Studies, will interview Amarteifio.
Sachar International Center
5-6 p.m. – Welcome reception
6-7:30 p.m. – Screening and conversation
The event is free and open to the public.
April 10th, 2017