International Society for the Study of Narrative annual conference: May 19–23, 2021

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Examination copies are for instructors considering a book for a class. We provide digital examination copies.

Desk copies are for instructors who have assigned a book to a class of 10 students or more. We provide digital or physical desk copies.

Review copies are for editors and reviewers, and are provided on a case-by-case basis.

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Pitch our narrative studies acquisitions editor

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Ana Jimenez-Moreno
Acquires broadly in literary and cultural Studies, including narrative studies and the Theory and Interpretation of Narrative series

Welcome to our virtual booth! I will be taking virtual meetings May 25 to June 3 for this year’s conference. I am interested in hearing about your projects and welcome email proposals. I am always looking for critical work that engages with urgent and enduring issues in the field and in the world.

View our proposal guidelines at our prospective authors page.

Schedule a meeting with Ana

Congratulations to James Phelan, recipient of ISSN’s 2021 Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award!

Books by James Phelan:

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Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates

David Herman, James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz, Brian Richardson, and Robyn Warhol, Eds.
$36.95 $25.87

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Fact, Fiction, and Form: Selected Essays

By Ralph Rader
James Phelan and David H. Richter, Eds.$41.95 $29.37

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After Testimony: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Holocaust Narrative for the Future

Jakob Lothe, Susan Rubin Suleiman, and James Phelan, Eds.
$31.95 $22.37

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Joseph Conrad: Voice, Sequence, History, Genre

Jakob Lothe, Jeremy Hawthorn, and James Phelan, Eds.
$28.95 $20.27

Recent & forthcoming narrative studies books

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With Bodies: Narrative Theory and Embodied Cognition

Marco Caracciolo and Karin Kukkonen
$34.95 $24.47
Forthcoming October 2021

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Audionarratology: Lessons from Radio Drama

Lars Bernaerts and Jarmila Mildorf, Eds.
$99.95 $59.97
Forthcoming July 2021

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Environment and Narrative: New Directions in Econarratology

Erin James and Eric Morel, Eds.
$69.95 $41.97

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Unnatural Narratology: Extensions, Revisions, and Challenges

Jan Alber and Brian Richardson, Eds.
$79.95 $47.97


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We proudly publish Narrative, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, edited by James Phelan. Narrative’s mission is to publish essays that contribute to both narrative theory and the interpretation of individual narratives. Within those parameters, the journal is open to work on the elements, techniques, structures, and forms of narrative as well as on its relations to other modes of discourse, its history, and its powers (and limits) in cultures past and present.

The journal is interested in narrative across disciplines and across media, and, thus, it welcomes submissions on the theory and interpretation of the novel, the short story, narrative poetry, history, biography, autobiography, memoir, film, television, journalism, comics and other graphic arts, music, performance, legal writing, medical case histories, and more.

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Read an interview with editor James Phelan

Questions about our journals publishing program? Contact journals manager Emily Taylor