This issue aims to elicit discussions about the literary and cultural productions that have emerged from the process of colonization and post-colonial experience in English-speaking countries, as well as the expansion of these historical experiences through cross-cultural dialogues. It is, therefore, the investigation of the transits of literary, artistic, and cultural repertoires in English, aiming to comprehend the networks and flows of critical or theoretical references about these productions in the various stages of the colonization and post-colonial period.
Mocking Bird Technologies: the Poetics of Parroting, Mimicry, and Other Starling Tropes
Call for papers:
We invite essays (of no more than 9,500 words) that address any aspect of "mocking bird technologies," with a special emphasis on tracking the elusive history and poetics of the "starling" trope within a global and comparative context.
Special Session at the 2015 PAMLA Meeting in Portland, OR, Nov. 6-8th: "Narrating Racial Time in the Nineteenth-Century U.S."
*The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to Saturday, April 25.*
We invite proposals for the first collection of essays to consider the "ecogothic" in nineteenth-century American literature.
The ecogothic is an emerging area of ecocriticism, materializing as a provocative category of analysis in EcoGothic, edited by Andrew Smith and William Hughes (Manchester University Press, 2013), as well as in a special issue of Gothic Studies, "The EcoGothic in the Long Nineteenth Century," edited by David Del Principe and devoted to British, Irish, and Italian literature (May 2014). These two collections, along with the work of Simon C. Estok on "ecophobia" and Tom Hillard and Jenny Bavidge on "gothic nature," constitute the principal existing scholarship on the ecogothic that we seek to extend in our collection.
We are seeking essays for an edited collection titled Rethinking Globalization and Spatial Scale. The goal of the volume is to bring together interdisciplinary research on globalization spanning the humanities and social sciences that foregrounds theoretical and methodological conceptualizations of scale—how people, capital, goods, material infrastructure, ideas, and power aggregate along or slide among different degrees or levels of attachment, from personal to local to national to transnational.
Nine of the ten highest-grossing Hollywood movies of 2014 were based on creative properties from children's and youth culture, including comic books, novels, and toys. In line with this year's theme of In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts, I welcome papers that examine adaptation, compare media (broadly defined), and/or explore transmedia storytelling. While papers on recent adaptations are particularly encouraged, this panel seeks a variety of new, productive perspectives on adapting children's and youth culture for various media, including film, television, and online media.
The children's literature session of PAMLA 2015 invites your proposal on any theme or topic of study pertaining to children's literature and culture. We welcome engaging, provocative analyses of children's literature and texts (including graphic novels, comic books, video games, and/or films). Proposals attending to the conference theme "Literature and Time" are especially welcome.
The 2015 PAMLA conference special topic, "Literature and Time," is an invitation to reflect on the complex temporalities that inhere in the acts of reading and writing literature. We invite paper proposals that engage with the topic of literary temporalities, children, and children's literature in a variety of ways.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
CounterText is uniquely centred on the study of literature and its 21st-century extensions. Are the broader resonances of the literary being overtaken in the drifts towards image cultures, digital spaces, globalisation and technoscientific advances? For CounterText, the post-literary is the domain in which any artefact that might have some claim on the literary appears. However, the post-literary domain also allows for vital and challenging migrations and mutations of the literary. Such artefacts might be called 'countertextual'. The countertextual is strategic, metamorphic and revelatory of the charged evolutions and radical transformations of the literary today.
In 1964's The Machine in the Garden Leo Marx introduces the concept of technological pastoral, a space constructed to join modern industry to the ideals of rural harmony. While Marx's own historical reference point may have been the suburban "middle landscape," his notion of technological pastoral can lead into a more general understanding of how science has been mobilized in the pursuit of pastoral ideals. Examples of such mobilizations may range from ecosystem management and experiments with closed ecological systems (like biospheres) to theoretical applications such as terraforming. Virtual utopias may provide even another axis of analysis, as might some branches of bionics and bioengineering.