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Contemporary Narratologies in Paris

The École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) has been offering for several years a weekly seminar on narratology.

The purpose of the seminar Contemporary Narratologies is to contribute to the international renewal currently going on in the field of narrative theory. The program will extend over a period of three consecutive years. During 2007-2008, the seminar will take up the problem of factual narrative and fictional narrative in light of recent developments, dealing with questions of theory and methodology such as: the effects of the privilege granted by classical narratology to fictional narrative and recent attempts to address this distortion; the existence or non-existence of textual, syntactic, semantic or pragmatic properties or indexes making it possible to identify a text as a fictional narrative; the differential nature of the relation between the act of reporting and the act of inventing in factual narratives and in fictional narratives; the implications of law for factual narrative; the question of narrativity and the new fields of investigation in narratology.*

The following two years will be devoted, respectively, to the relations between fictional narrative and cognition (2008-2009) and to the social uses of narratives (2009-2010).

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