CFP: Games and Literary Theory

Games and Literary Theory 2014
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University of Amsterdam, Department of English and the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL)
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The Digital Games and Literary Theory Conference Series addresses the scope and appeal of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of games and games’ impact on other fields in the Humanities. We are particularly interested in digital game modalities and how these might be seen as reconfiguring and questioning concepts, practices and orthodoxies integral to literary theory (i.e. textuality, subjectivity, authorship, the linguistic turn, the ludic, and the nature of fiction). At the same time, theoretical discourses in the area of game studies have been slow in bringing critical concerns from literary and cultural theory, such as undecidability, the trace, the political unconscious, the allegorical, the autopoietic, to bear on games. Likewise the conversation about narrative and games continues to raise questions concerning the nature of concepts such as fiction and the virtual, or indeterminacies across characters, avatars and players.

The organizers of the Second Annual International Conference on Games and Literary Theory, at the University of Amsterdam, invite proposals that focus on issues related, but not limited to, any (or a combination of) the following:

Textuality in literature and games
Rethinking fiction after with digital games
Characters, avatars, players, subjects
New forms of narrative and games
Games and the rethinking of culture
Generic criticism
Digital games, literariness, and intermediality
Digital games and authorship and/or focalization
Reception theory, reader experience, player experience: New phenomenologies for critique
Gender in games, literature, and theory
Digital games, literary theory and posthumanism
Representations of disability in interactive media
Possible Worlds Theory and games
Digital games in literature
Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words, with a preliminary list of works to be cited, in Word or PDF, to Joyce Goggin ( AND Cameron Kelly (, no later than September 15th, 2014.

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