Panel Convenors: Jeff Keuss and Mark Knight

Call for Papers:

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers on literature and the conference theme of truth. Papers should address literature from any period, written in or translated into English, and may think about texts formally, theoretically, historically, and/or thematically. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The role of poetry in truth telling
  • Unreliable narrators
  • What is the place of truth in fiction?
  • Propaganda and literature
  • Reader response and the construction of truth
  • The literary afterlife of Pilate’s question to Jesus, “What is truth?”
  • Parables in literature
  • “The instruments of darkness tell us truths” (Macbeth)
  • Rhetoric and literary representation
  • Literature as Lying: the role of fiction as truth-telling
  • Confession
  • Fantasy and/or speculative fiction
  • “…On a huge hill, / Cragged and steep, Truth stands…” (John Donne)
  • Post-Truth and the political/ethical dimensions of literature

Please send abstracts (300 words maximum) and a short biography (75 words maximum) to both strand co-chairs: Jeff Keuss ( and Mark Knight ( The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018 (response from the panel can be expected towards the end of March). Ultimately, speakers will only be allowed to give one presentation at the conference so if you are submitting to another panel as well as literature, please let us know so that we can liaise with the other strand chairs.