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This special issue of DIEGESIS, edited by Sandra Heinen, Uta Poplutz and Cécile Stehrenberger, focuses on the role of trust in narratives of crisis and catastrophe. Taken together, the four research articles analyse a wide range of factual and fictional narratives that respond to current and socially relevant crises of trust by reflecting, promoting or questioning relationships of trust.

The section “The Shape of Things to Come” features an interview with Eva von Contzen, in which she outlines her current research project on the retelling of ancient and medieval stories. In addition to three reviews of recent publications in the field of narrative research, this issue also contains two conference reports: one on a conference that – in keeping with the issue’s thematic focus – also examined the role of trust in crisis situations, and the other on a conference devoted to the intersection of narrative theory and genetic criticism.

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