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2024 Project Narrative Summer Institute: Rhetorical and Intersectional Narratologies in Dialogue (Online) June 17-28, 2024

Institutue Co-Directors:

James Phelan, Distinguished University Professor of English and and Robyn Warhol, Distinguished University Professor of English.

PNSI is a two-week workshop that offers faculty and advanced graduate students in any discipline the opportunity for an intensive study of core concepts and issues in narrative theory. The focus for summer 2024 will be Rhetorical and Intersectional Narratologies, and the co-directors will ground their approach in the principle of dialogue. More specifically, we will explore the grounding principles of each approach by reading foundational and cutting-edge texts from each, and we will attend to the convergences and divergences between them. Just as important, we will add a range of primary texts to the dialogue, including Jane Austen’s Emma, Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever,” Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif,” and Jesmyn Ward’s “On Witness and Respair.” Sample questions: How do rhetorical narratology’s roots in the Poetics of Aristotle and of the neo-Aristotelian Chicago Critics and intersectional narratology’s roots in structuralism and feminist theory influence the current theory and practice of each approach? How do the narrative texts prompt re-examination, revision, and/or extensions of the theories? More generally, what can rhetorical and intersectional narratologies do for each other? We’ll take up these (and other) questions as we work through the syllabus, and in relation to the specific interests and projects of the participants. At the end of the Institute, each participant will present and receive feedback on their individual project.


We will conduct the Institute in daily synchronous sessions via Zoom. We’ll meet daily (M-F) for 2 hours and 30 minutes minus a fifteen-minute break.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a current CV, a short description of the proposed project (no longer than a single-spaced page), and one letter of recommendation to Project Narrative by April 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed promptly after the deadline. If, in order to meet funding deadlines, applicants need an earlier decision, the co-directors will consider special requests for early action. Applications can be emailed to projectnarrative@osu.edu or sent by post to the following address:

421 Denney Hall Attn: James Phelan, Project Narrative 164 Annie and John Glenn Avenue Columbus, OH 43210 

Please email projectnarrative@osu.edu with any questions about applying.


Tuition for the 2024 Project Narrative Summer Institute is $1900. The co-directors will gladly write in support of participants’ applications for funding from home institutions.

Accessibility Statement:

Project Narrative is committed to accessibility and ensuring that all programming is welcoming to all participants. We will actively be taking steps, including providing live transcription, to ensure that the virtual format is accessible. Again, please reach out to Kayla Goldblatt, at projectnarrative@osu.edu with any questions or requests.

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