Conference Narrative Ethics

19–20 November 2010,
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, University of Oslo, Norway

Conference Program


Responding to what has been called the “ethical turn” in narrative theory, this conference explored some of the varied ways in which narrative fiction and non-fiction are possessed of both an ethical and an (often overlapping) aesthetic dimension. Two premises for the conference were accordingly: first, that neither narratives nor criticism are inconsequential “free play” and, second, that the analysis of narrative ethics needs to be linked to a sensitivity to aesthetic (narrative) form. Thus the conference was particularly interested in papers that discussed the interplay and cumulative effects of the two dimensions not just on a theoretical level, but also through the analysis of specific narratives.

For more information, please contact Professor Jakob Lothe, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo -