30.9. Publication event: The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory & The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies

Welcome to celebrate the publication of two Routledge Companions by TAU literary researchers!


Paul Dawson & Maria Mäkelä (eds.): The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory. July 2022.

The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory brings together top 44 scholars in the field to explore the significance of narrative to pressing social, cultural, and theoretical issues. How does narrative both inform and limit the way we think today? From conspiracy theories and social media movements to racial politics and climate change future scenarios, the reach is broad. This volume is distinctive for addressing the complicated relations between the interdisciplinary narrative turn in the academy and the contemporary boom of instrumental storytelling in the public sphere. The 40 chapters of the volume explore new theories of causality, experientiality, and fictionality, challenge normative modes of storytelling, and offer polemical accounts of narrative fiction, nonfiction, and video games. Drawing upon the latest research in areas from cognitive sciences to complexity theory, the volume provides an accessible entry point for those new to the myriad applications of narrative theory and a point of departure for new scholarship.

Lieven Ameel (ed.): The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies. August 2022.

The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban studies consists of 33 newly commissioned chapters that provide an outline of contemporary literary urban studies. The Companion covers all of the main theoretical approaches as well as key literary genres, with case studies covering a range of different geographical, cultural, and historical settings. The final chapters provide a window into new debates in the field. The three focal issues are key concepts and genres of literary urban studies; a reassessment and critique of classical urban studies theories and the canon of literary capitals; and methods for the analysis of cities in literature. The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies provides the reader with practical insights into the methods and approaches that can be applied to the city in literature and serves as an important reference work for upper-level students and researchers working on city literature.


Publication event


Time: Friday, September 30 at 14:00–16:30
Place: Café Aula & Toivo, Main Building 2nd floor, City Centre Campus


Sparkling wine, coffee/tea and snack served. The program will consist of short introductory talks, online video greetings from our international collaborators and contributors, and a guest commentary by visiting Erasmus professor Cecile Sandt.

The book launch is also the first event of the science event series of the Faculty of Social Science, Tampere University.

For catering, please sign in with this form by September 25.

You can also participate online: https://tuni.zoom.us/j/68533702981?pwd=N2d5Z01ycWR6SUM5bUdMMjBpelNiUT09