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 While Marx's own historical reference point may have been the suburban "middle landscape," his notion of technological pastoral can lead into a more general understanding of how science has been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.
We are seeking proposals for papers focusing on the literature, culture and social history of the British/Anglophone long-eighteenth century.
As a standing session, our panel entertains paper proposals on a wide variety of topics.
If you are interested in submitting your proposal, please do so before the PAMLA deadline of May 15th, 2015 using the on-line submission system at:
You must become a member of or renew your membership in the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association by July 1, 2015 in order to be eligible to present a paper at the 2015 conference.
Modernism and Cinema: Genealogies of Rupture (MSA 17)
This CFP invites paper abstracts for a panel on modernism and cinema for the upcoming Modernist Studies Association conference in Boston. With this year's MSA conference focusing on the theme of modernism and revolution, this panel will consider the revolution of the motion picture (as emergent media technology, popular cultural formation, aesthetic mode, social and recreational practice) in relation to literary modernism broadly conceived.
Call for papers
Lehigh Valley Vanguard (www.lehighvalleyvanguard.org) is seeking critical prose on a variety of pressing cultural concerns. This list is a loose outline of topics which fit with our milieu:
-Non-partisan political engagement
-Engaged, critical, or anarchist pedagogies
-Politics of what we eat (including pro-vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, localizing food trade)
-Marxist, neo-marxist, anti-capitalist perspectives
-Examinations of generational concerns such as (not limited to): student loan debt, climate change
-Identity politics and/or postcolonial studies
CFP: The Child in Popular Culture
Red Feather Journal (www.redfeatherjournal.org), an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal, has expanded its scope to include the child in all aspects of popular culture.
Red Feather Journal seeks well-written, critical articles for the Spring 2015 issue (deadline April 25, 2015) on any aspect of the child in popular culture. Some suggested topics include: children in film, television, the Internet; children in popular literature or art; the child in gaming, cosplay or cons; children dan social media; childhood geography or material culture; or any other aspect of the child in popular culture.
In keeping with the conference theme of Modernism & Revolution, this panel seeks to explore modernism's little magazines as sites of provocation and revolt. The magazine communities were hotbeds of controversial figures and politics, and their publications challenged national programs and social mores via radical ideologies and aesthetics. Of particular interest to this panel is the interplay between their innovative experimental aesthetics and their cultural, social, and political interests that included socialism, anarchy, feminism, women's suffrage, sex, race, nationalism, militarization and labor. Panel papers might focus on The Crisis, The Dial, The Freewoman, The Little Review, The Messenger, The Others, The Liberator, The Masses—to name a few.
In May 2015, a new edition of THE VICTORIAN will appear. Please send along your articles and reviews for consideration. All aspects of the Victorian period are covered, but with a particular emphasis on literary interpretations.
Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future." While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.
Regular Paper Submission:
Socrates Journal invites Authors/Researchers to submit their research papers for consideration of publication in the regular Issues of the Journal.