Fragmentary Writing in Contemporary British and American Fiction

Conference Programme




22 September 2017



Registration (Oratorium Marianum)



Conference opening (Oratorium Marianum)



Plenary talk (Oratorium Marianum)

by Merritt Moseley (University of North Carolina at Asheville)

What is Fragmentary Fiction? And How is it Fragmentary?

Chaired by Vanessa Guignery



Coffee break



Parallel session 1: Fragment and Realism (room 207)

Chaired by Merritt Moseley


 Wojciech Drąg (University of Wrocław)

 Collage Manifestos: Appropriation, Fragmentation and the Future of Literature in the Works of  

 David Markson, Jonathan Lethem and David Shields


  Jarosław Hetman (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń)

 David Foster Wallace’s Fragmented Fiction versus Don DeLillo’s Mediated Reality

  Corina Selejan (Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu)

 Fragmentation(s) and Realism(s): Has the Fragment Gone Mainstream?

(read by Merritt Moseley)


Parallel session 2: Fragment and Identity (room 215)

Chaired by Teresa Bruś


     Dominika Ferens (University of Wrocław)

   Affective Disorder: The Fragmentary Writings of Sigrid Nunez and Jamaica Kincaid

Paulina Pająk (University of Wrocław)
Insights from the Fragmentary Diaries: Virginia Woolf’s “The Legacy” and Susan Sontag’s “The Way We Live Now”

      Caroline Magnin (University Paris – Sorbonne)

   “My Life Story Was Spaces”: Trauma and the Mechanics of Fragmentation in Extremely Loud and

    Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer



Lunch (Bazylia)



Plenary talk (room 208)

Alison Gibbons (Sheffield Hallam University)

Multimodality and Aesth-Ethics, or, Fragments and Spirals: The Entropology of Theories of Forgetting

Chaired by Wojciech Drąg



Parallel session 3: The Contemporary British Novel 1 (room 208)

Chaired by Vanessa Guignery


 Alicia J. Rouverol (University of Manchester)

Fragmentary Writing and Globalisation in the Writings of Ali Smith


  Maria Antonietta Struzziero (Independent Scholar)

“Make it New” to Return as Rupture and Difference: A Study of Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time


  Trung Nguyên-Quang (University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle)

On Fragmented Experiences in Zadie Smith’s NW and Swing Time


Parallel session 4: The Nineteen Sixties and Seventies (room 207)

Chaired by Wojciech Drąg


  Lech Zdunkiewicz (University of Wrocław)

The Multiple Camera Setup: Shifting Perspectives in Robert Coover’s “The Babysitter”


  Tristan Ireson-Howells (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Myths Torn Apart: Robert Coover’s Fragmentary Writing


  Marcin Tereszewski (University of Wrocław)

The Architectural Fragment: Ruins and Totality in J. G. Ballard’s Fiction



Coffee break



Session 5: The Novel

Chaired by Vanessa Guignery


  Gerd Bayer (University of Erlangen)

Fragmentary Transtextuality: David Mitchell and His Novel

      Paweł Wojtas (University of Warsaw)

      Dead Uncertainties: Formal Fragmentation and Unreliable Narration in Coetzee


  Hilary White (University of Manchester)

"Fantastic dance of images, shapes, forms": Visuality and Fragmentation in Ann Quin’s Passages



Conference dinner (Klub Uniwersytecki)



23 September 2017



Plenary talk (room 208)

Grzegorz Maziarczyk (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)

Singularity, Multimodality, Transmediality: Fragmentary Future(s) of the Novel?

Chaired by Zofia Kolbuszewska



Coffee break



Parallel session 6: The Contemporary British Novel 2 (room 208)

Chaired by Gerd Bayer


  Magdalena Sawa (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)

“You and I” – the Fragmentation of the Writing Self and the Tradition of Modernism in T. S. Eliot’s and Gabriel Josipovici’s Aesthetic Theory and Artistic Practice

      Tomasz Dobrogoszcz (University of Łódź)
      Dismembering the Narrative in Michèle Roberts’ Impossible Saints

Bartosz Lutostański (Independent Scholar)

A Poetics of Fragment in British Prose Fiction


  Vesna Ukić-Košta (University of Zadar)

“What Will I do While I’m Lasting, Marianne?”: Fragmentary Writing in Janice Galloway's The Trick is to Keep Breathing


Parallel session 7: Contemporary American Fiction (room 207)

Chaired by Grzegorz Maziarczyk


  Saloua Karoui-Elounelli (University of Tunis)

Poetics and Ethics of Fragmentariness in Gilbert Sorrentino’s Blue Pastoral


  Iain McMaster (University of Edinburgh)

“You’re Going to Go to Pieces”: Fragments and Freedom in Harry Mathews’ The Journalist


  Deborah Bridle (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis)

Fragmentation as Building Practice: The Collaboration Between Writer Thomas Ligotti and Music Band Current 93 for In a Foreign Town, in a Foreign Land (1997)


  Anne-Catherine Bascoul (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis)

Tweets: Hundred and Forty Word Fragments to (De)construct in Richard Powers’s Orfeo



Lunch (Bazylia)



Parallel session 8: The Short Story (room 208)

Chaired by Dominika Ferens


Teresa Bruś (University of Wrocław)

Lives, etc: Fragments of Lives in Short Stories by Julian Barnes


David Malcolm (University of Gdańsk)

Augment the Scantling?: A Codicological Approach to the Short-Fictional Fragment


Alessandro Guaita (Universities of Lisbon, Guelph and Perpignan)

Broken Realism: The Implicit and Explicit in Modern American Short Stories


Parallel session 9: Multimodality (room 207)

Chaired by Alison Gibbons


Katarzyna Bazarnik (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Fragmentation and the Longing for Wholeness


Mariano D’Ambrosio (University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Fragmentary Writing and Polyphonic Narrative


Côme Martin (Paris Est – Créteil University/Sorbonne)

Unbox the Story: The Resurgence of Shuffle Narratives in Contemporary Fiction



Coffee break



Session 10: Fiction/Non-Fiction (room 208)

Chaired by Marcin Tereszewski


Zofia Kolbuszewska (University of Wrocław)

Hexen 2.0 by Suzanne Treister: The Autopoietic Wunderkammer of Alternative History


Ioannis Tsitsovits (University of Leuven)

The Afterlife of Theory in Maggie Nelson’s Bluets



Closing of the conference