Our main purpose is to explore literary fiction texts through the combination of several disciplines and practices, namely literary studies, stylistics and linguistics, empirical aesthetics and oral performance. Bringing together these different approaches seems necessary to fully grasp and experience the powerful effects a literary piece of text is prone to produce in readers.


Wednesday 19th
16:00 – 17:00 REGISTRATION
17:00 – 17:30 Welcome (Mariane Utudji, Victoria Pöhls and Craig Jordan-Baker)
17:30 – 18:30 Michael Toolan (University of Birmingham)

The intensifying power of repetition and return: McGahern’s “Swallows”

Thursday 20th
9:30 –  10:00 WELCOME
10:00 – 10:30  Alice Labourg (University of Rennes II)

The pictorial paradigm of La Vallée: a text-image reading of the incipit of The Mysteries of Udolpho 

10:30 – 11:00 Maryvonne Boisseau (University of Strasbourg)

Performing rhythm and meaning through enunciation – About Lighthouses

11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 12:00 Constance Robert-Murail (ENS of Lyon)

“Smuggling in accidental poetry”: cognitive and stylistic strategies of a stammering teen in David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green

12:00 – 12:30 Mahlu Mertens (Ghent University)

Negating the Human, Narrating a World Without Us

12:30 – 13:00 Christine Chollier (University of Reims)

Lives and Deaths of Gatsby: a Semantic Reading of a Local Transformation of a Powerful Text

13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 – 15:00 Elina Valovirta (University of Turku)

Repeated pleasure: Reading the new adult romance through affect

15:00 – 15:30 Sixta Quassdorf (University of St. Gallen)

The Examiner “turns a page”: §25 of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King

15:30 – 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 – 16:30 Giulia Grisot (University of Nottingham)

How do readers process free indirect style? An eye tracking study of Virginia Woolf’s experimental use of speech and thought presentation techniques

16:30 – 17:00 Ciarán Kavanagh (University College Cork)

Body Shock: Experiencing J.G. Ballard’s Crash

17:00 – 17:30 Peter Wenzel (RWTH Aachen University)

Triggers of Emotion in a Horror Scene from Matthew Lewis’s The Monk: General Stylistic Devices and Evolution-based Embodied Patterns

Friday 21st
9:30 –  10:00 WELCOME

10:00 – 11:00


Nigel McLoughlin (University of Gloucestershire)

Text-worlds and the Liminal in Heart of Darkness

11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 12:00 Kimberley Pager (University of Huddersfield)

Introducing Jane: the Power of the Incipit

12:00 – 12:30 María-Ángeles Martínez (Complutense University of Madrid)

The language of engagement and the projection of storyworld possible selves in Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives

12:30 – 13:00 Carolina Fernandez-Quintanilla (Lancaster University)

Empathising with a torturer?

13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 – 15:00 Elise Nykänen & Aino Koivisto (University of Helsinki)

Fictional Dialogue and the Emotional Effects of Prose Fiction

15:00 – 15:30 Ailise Bulfin (University College Dublin)

Representing abuse and traumatic memory in Deirdre Sullivan’s Needlework

15:30 – 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 – 16:30 Juliette Misset (University of Strasbourg)

‘The Didactic Power of Sentimental Aesthetics: Student Responses to an Excerpt from Mary Wollstonecraft’s Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman (1798)’

16:30 – 17:00 Tahir Wood (University of the Western Cape)
The nature of the agonistic in a pragmatics of fiction
17:00 – 17:30 Closing