The Workshop

The idea that things might have been other than they are – that the odds of events being this way does not run especially in their favour – speaks in strange ways to the conventions of literature. Surely, even if life is contingent, literature, favours foreseeable outcomes; conventional paths; unified plot? This two-day seminar seeks to bring together scholars working on the ideas of accident, chance, or contingency, either as they have been represented or as they have made themselves felt, in the realm of literature.