Things often end badly for males in George Eliot’s fiction. Macarthy, the antisocial artist in her first published prose fiction, dies unappreciated; dreamy Seth Bede reconciles himself to a pitiful bachelordom; Smilesian Tom Tulliver charters his wealth (but not his wellbeing); opportunistic Harold Transome is chastened by his circumstances; pedantic Edward Casaubon fails as a scholar and as a gentleman; and formidable Henleigh Mallinger Grandcourt drowns because Eliot is unsure what else to do with him. These men are usually disposed of in credible ways, but are they treated fairly? Are their respective fates convincing given their character flaws and contexts, or are they treated more harshly than the women who share their fictional worlds?
Fandom: The Next Generation
Transgenerational Fans and Long-Running Media Franchises
CFP for contributions to edited collection
Imagine taking your child to see The Last Jedi after your own parents took you to see Return of the Jedi when you were small. Picture a grandmother, mother, and daughter sitting down to watch reruns of The Golden Girls together. What keeps fans interested in after so many years? How do long-running franchises, revivals, and reboots appeal to new audiences? How do social and political changes affect longtime fan experiences? This book sets out to explore a relatively unstudied aspect of fan and audience studies: longtime fans and generational turnover.
A joint project of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, the Faculty of Letters, and the Cross-border Faculty of “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, the conference is intended as a cultural forum for imparting knowledge and research on the textuality and representation of recent, lived history, from different yet interrelated angles:
Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, February 22, 2020
What are the ecological affordances of thinking with the medieval and early modern past? How can the environmental humanities inspire eco-mimetic modes of thinking and writing? This think-tank conference invites research-in-progress that parses the entanglements of nature and culture, the human and the nonhuman, the material and the metaphysical, to explore how medieval and early modern ecocritical scholarship might speak directly to contemporary political and social concerns.
The conference will include three panels, grouped thematically according to distinct modes of ecological entanglement:
Taking its impetus from the theme “Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures” this panel juxtaposes two types of space: the local and the global as they came together in the conception of the world city. The material embodiments of the function of cities as global nodes are the Expositions, Great Exhibitions, and World’s Fairs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, where a world spectacle could be viewed in imperial capitals (Paris and London) and in international capitals (Chicago, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, to name a few) .
55thICMS, Kalamazoo, May 7-10, 2020.
Co-sponsors: BABEL Working Group and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Organizer: Ann M. Martinez
A roundtable session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress) examining the continuing effects of Tolkien's depictions of race in medievalist works; Rachel Cooper will preside.
A paper session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress) examining depictions of what comes in the wake of war and death in works in the Tolkienian tradition; Carrie Pagels will preside.
In his book Twenty-One Lessons for the Twenty-First Century (2018), Yuval Noah Harari argues that in a world where Biotechnology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are merging to redesign human life (physically and socially), educators should focus on teaching the "four C's," which are, "Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity" (266). As intelligent algorithms increasingly replace human labor, Harari argues that the job market will require workers to "reinvent yourself again and again."
CALL FOR PAPERS
“Reassessing the Matter of the Greenwood”
Sponsored Session of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS)
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 7-10, 2020
“Bad” Food in the Middle Ages (A Roundtable)
Sponsored Session of the Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 7-10, 2020
In recent years, the media has abounded with stories of serial killers. Esquiremagazine notes that 2019 has been a particularly ‘bumper year for [Ted] Bundy’, but numerous other news stories have maintained our perennial fascination with serial murderers.[i]Indeed, the death of Charles Manson (2017), the 2018 arrest and subsequent identification of Joseph James DeAngelo (known as the ‘original night stalker’ and, latterly, the Golden State Killer), and multiple anniversaries, including the Tate-LaBianca murders (50th) and Ted Bundy’s death (30th), have all kept serial killers at the forefront of the public imagination.
Keynotes: Isabell Lorey (Academy of Media Arts Cologne / EIPCP), Benjamin Kohlmann (University of Freiburg), Roswitha Böhm (TU Dresden) & Kathrin Röggla
CFP: Iris Murdoch: Open Topic
The Iris Murdoch Society invites proposals for a panel at the University of Louisville’s Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 next February 20-22. We are interested in papers that examine various aspects of Murdoch’s work. Papers may deal with her fiction, her philosophy, or both. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 100-word biographical sketch before 3 September 2019 to
Department of Language and Literature
Fairmont State University
Fairmont, West Virginia 26554
Gavin Jones (Stanford) and Michael Collins (KCL) are seeking contributors for a panel on the "The Short Story's Global Dimensions" at the Annual Meeting of the ACLA in Chicago, 19th - 22nd March 2020. Abstract proposals of around 200 words should be sent to the organisers by August 30th.
In queer theory, few texts have spurred as much division and debate as Lee Edelman's 2004 polemic, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. This panel takes as its grounding premise one of this monograph's central arguments; namely, that queerness figures an irony that serves as a “corrosive force… [that] threatens, like a guillotine, to sever the genealogy that narrative syntax labors to affirm… [and] the continuity essential to the very logic of making [political] sense” (23-4). Upon its publication, Edelman's No Future drew reproach from queer theorists like Jack Halberstam, who sought to affirm queerness as a "form of negative knowing" (823) that projected a "bleak and angry" future politics (824).
This panel aims to explore the (re)emergence of a new wave of queer cinema that, over the course of the past two decades, has given rise to auteurs and narratives that consider the complexity of queerness through and beyond matters related to visibility and acceptance. Different theoretical frameworks are welcome, and relevant comparative studies among American, European, and/or non-Western cinema are strongly encouraged.
Gender in Global Medieval Mysticism
March 20-21, 2020
Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana, India
Professor Liz Herbert McAvoy, Swansea University
Professor Sa'diyya Shaikh, University of Cape Town
Call for Papers
Cormac McCarthy Area
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019
Call for chapter proposals
Gothic Melville (Edited Collection; 11/15/19)
Eds. Monika Elbert and Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
Chapter proposals are solicited for an edited collection of scholarly essays seeking to elaborate Melville’s affinities with the literary Gothic. All approaches are welcome to the Gothic in Melville’s prose and poetry. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
We would like to invite you to the 2020 International Conference on Literature: “Asian Diasporic Literature: Past, Present and Future”. The conference is organized by the Postgraduate Students’ Club of the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and takes place on 29-23 July 2020, in Penang, Malaysia. (http://icl.usm.my/index.php)
We are looking for one or two more presenters to join the second Gothic Panel at PAMLA.
We invite proposals for papers dealing with Gothic literature, culture, and film. This session welcomes proposals on a wide variety of topics, with particular consideration granted to papers that explore gothic children's literature or that engage with the 2019 conference theme of "Send In the Clowns." Possible foci might include adaptations, audience/reception studies, children's gothic, and emotional portrayals in relation to the Gothic.
November 14-17, 2019
Wyndham San Diego Bayside, San Diego, CA
Lublin Studies in Modern Languages and Literature
Vol. 44, no. 2 (2020)
Call for papers
Special issue: “Formal Intersections between Narrative Fiction and Other Media”
Guest edited by
Grzegorz Maziarczyk and Wojciech Drąg
Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-forpapers/
CFP: Reappraising Stephen King (Horror Studies journal special)
Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) 2020: The Uses and Abuses of Shame in the American South
Call for Papers
SEDERI welcomes articles, notes and reviews for its next issue (nº 30) to be published in Autumn 2020.
SEDERI, Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies, is an annual publication devoted to current criticism and scholarship on Early Modern English Studies. It is peer-reviewed by external readers, following a double-blind policy. It is published in paper and online, in open-access.
Quality Assessment and Indexing
Identity in Cultural Diversity
8 – 9 April 2020
Call for Papers
This panel of the 2020 NeMLA convention (Boston, March 5-8) welcomes reflections on the process of adapting texts / films / graphic novels into video games, being open to theoretical analyses as well as to case studies (for example, of the narrative ecosystem of franchises). It seeks to bring together the most popular approaches to studying the medium -- narratological and ludological perspectives, as well as reflections on the translation of cinematic adaptation theory to the medium of video games – in order to ensure a rich conversation.
Call for Papers for Edited Collection | Advancing Veterans Studies
This collection emerges from the current moment and our shared interest in advancing veterans studies as an academic discipline. Consistent with this range of efforts, we welcome contributions that give voice not just to campus-community successes, but also to their challenges beyond academic borders. To complement chapter-length discussions of approximately 25 pages or the equivalent, we encourage course syllabi or project design case studies of approximately 8-10 pages (or equivalent), as well as interviews with veterans studies specialists working on campus and in the community to advance the field of veterans studies.