About Us


The ISSN


The International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN) is a nonprofit association of scholars dedicated to the investigation of narrative, its elements, techniques, and forms; its relations to other modes of discourse; its power and influence in cultures past and present.

“Narrative” for us is a category that may include the novel, epic poetry, history, biography, autobiography, film, the graphic arts, journalism, music, performance, legal writing, medical case histories, and more.

The Society sponsors the International Conference on Narrative each year. The first conference was held at Ohio State University in 1986, and in subsequent years, the meeting has been held at sites across the United States, Canada, and Europe. At each conference, approximately 350 speakers address issues of narrative from a variety of positions and perspectives.

Narrative is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. Narrative‘s broad range of scholarship includes the English, American, and European novel, nonfiction narrative, film, and narrative as used in performance art.

A subscription to the journal is included with membership in the Society.


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