Fiction and Facts in Narratives of Political Conflict

Winter 2018, Kristiansand, Norway


Constructing narratives is a common enterprise for authors of fiction and informants who offer their lived experience in oral or written accounts. Both fictional and non-fictional narratives rely on conventions and patterns which they imitate, reconstruct, or destabilize. This symposium explores how historical events are recounted in witness accounts and literary narratives. The complex relation between these different types of political narratives calls for a critical reflection on the relationship between fact and fiction, which will be a key issue of the symposium.