This Issue


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The publication of this initial issue of DIEGESIS marks the launch of the first online journal devoted to narrative research across the disciplines. As an open access resource, DIEGESIS aims to make cutting edge research on narrative freely available to our growing scientific community. Our peer review process ensures high quality, while the Advisory Board, with more than twenty leading experts representing a wide variety of disciplines from literary studies to psychology, will help turn the journal into a truly transnational and transdisciplinary resource.

Now that the twenty-first century is well under way, it is about time to step back and offer a first retrospective on the development of narrative research since the millennium. In a conversation held during the third International Conference on Narratology in Changsha (China) in 2011, Qiao Guoqiang and Gerald Prince discuss the transnational past and future of narratology. Two review articles, by Matei Chihaia and Michael Scheffel, provide surveys of introductions to narrative and narrative theory on the one hand, and to narratological dictionaries and handbooks on the other, while Matthias Aumüller and Filippo Smerilli attempt an overview of narratological institutions worldwide. Matías Martínez offers a critical review of recent histories of narratology and proposes an alternative transnational approach to existing master narratives. Roy Sommer completes the round-up with an essay on the consolidation of postclassical narratology. In addition, nine book reviews and two conference reports form the core of what we hope will become the leading platform for reviews of scholarly work on narrative.

We hope that you, the members of the “narratological tribe” as Gerald Prince has it in his interview conversation with Qiao Guoqiang, will enjoy this first issue of DIEGESIS. If you wish to be informed about the publication of forthcoming issues, please subscribe to our Newsletter. We are looking forward to your own contributions to future issues, and hope to see many exciting debates on narrative and narrative research in years to come.