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In the Margin: e-text and its readers (proposals 30 April 2012)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 3:06pm
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Drs. Ann-Barbara Graff and Kristin Lucas

We solicit contributions for an edited collection of scholarly essays entitled In the Margin: e-Text and its readers. Considerable scholarship of the past three decades has addressed the history, readership, and materiality of the book. The architecture of the page, paperstock, fount, blank spaces, and readerly annotation have been the subject of economic, material, and theoretical analysis. Attention to how books have been copied, signed, and annotated has illuminated a history of reading and literary activity. The codex, in short, has been invaluable to the material turn in bibliographic and literary scholarship. But what of the digital turn?

Early African American Poetry Panel for SEA 2013 (February 28-March 2, 2013)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 2:42pm
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Alex Black
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I'm organizing a panel on early African American poetry for Society of Early Americanists 2013 in Savannah, GA. I'm looking for panelists working on eighteenth-century poets (like Lucy Terry, Phillis Wheatley, and Jupiter Hammon) and/or critics of these poets from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (like WIlliam G. Allen and James Weldon Johnson). If you're interested, please send me a brief description of your paper by Friday, March 30.

CFP: American Humor (Due March 1)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 2:18pm
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RMMLA
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This panel welcomes papers on any topics pertaining to humor in American literature and culture. Please send 250-word abstracts to Julie Wilhelm at jawilhelm@my.lamar.edu by March 1st. The RMMLA meets in Boulder, Colorado on October 11-13, 2012.

UPDATE RMMLA Conference in Oct - Deadline for Proposals March 1, 2012

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 1:37pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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This year's RMMLA Conference will be held in Boulder, CO Oct 11-13.

This special topics session on RHETORICAL CRITICISM focuses on the analysis and interpretation of a wide range of rhetorical artifacts from the perspective of rhetorical theory. This year we hope to present works that discuss the practical applications of rhetorical criticism.

Please submit a 1-page proposal to jessie.richards@utah.edu by March 1, 2012.

http://rmmla.wsu.edu/call/default.asp

Bruce Springsteen

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 1:35pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)
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Chair of 2012 Bruce Springsteen session: Dr. Peter J. Fields, Assoc. Prof. of English, Midwestern State University, Department of English, 3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099; Office Ph:940-397-4246; English Dept Fax 940-397-4931; PLEASE SUBMIT Abstract (approx. 50-100 words) with Proposal (approx. 100 words)by e-mail attachment to peter.fields@mwsu.edu

Description: Interdisciplinary response to the life and music of Bruce Springsteen. Analysis may emphasize songs,life,band,audience, and performance, including literary/religious/philosophical/psychological/cultural/
gender/political implications--very wide open.

[UPDATE] CFP: At the Round Table (food writing)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:50pm
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Dr. Adrienne P. Lamberti / University of Northern Iowa

Among scholarly, trade, and popular texts, food has been addressed as (among other frames) a luxurious preoccupation, a class marker, and an overdue opportunity to give attention to a key cultural artifact.

AAALS Session at MLA 2013 (Jan. 3-6, 2013)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:13pm
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American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS)
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Proposals are invited for the AAALS session to be held at the 2013 MLA Convention to be held in Boston from January 3rd through January 6th, 2013. Please send 200-word abstracts to Nathanael O'Reilly (n.oreilly@tcu.edu) by March 15th, 2012. The session topic is "History, Fiction & Australia." The topic may be interpreted broadly and transnational approaches are particularly welcome.

Interpreting Prophecies. 2012 RMMLA (10/11-10/13); submissions due 3/1/12

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:08pm
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Juliette Bourdier - University of Colorado at CU Boulder
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Lost or Gained in Translation, Interpreting Prophecies.

This session will explore how revelations,visions, journeys in the Afterworld were brought back and became prophecies. How they were interpreted, translated, transmitted, tainted.
Influence, transformation, use and doubt.

Shakespeare, RMMLA, October 11-13, 2012 (Boulder, CO)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:04pm
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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This session welcomes proposals for papers that examine any theme pertaining to Shakespeare. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, gender, race, and religious studies in Shakespeare. Please submit a 300-word abstract to Ruben Espinosa at respinosa2@utep.edu by March 9, 2012.

MLA BOSTON 2013-The Renaissance Anthropocene: Imagining Life Without Nature in Early Modern Literature-DEADLINE MARCH 14

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:55am
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Justin Kolb, Oberlin College

Coined by environmental scientists to describe the current geological epoch, "Anthropocene" denotes an age in which human action has pervasively and irreversibly transformed the land, sea, and atmosphere of the Earth, creating an ecology in which nature cannot be disentangled from artifice.

This concept existed in the minds of early modern writers under other names, especially "the decay of nature," as they imagined a world in which technologies ranging from alchemy to poetics might improve, degrade, or outright replace natural processes.

The Renaissance Anthropocene: Imagining Life Without Nature in Early Modern Literature

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:38am
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Justin Kolb, Oberlin College

Coined by environmental scientists to describe the current geological epoch, "Anthropocene" denotes an age in which human action has pervasively and irreversibly transformed the land, sea, and atmosphere of the Earth, creating an ecology in which nature cannot be disentangled from artifice.

Representing Animals in Irish Literature and Culture Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2012

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:35am
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Kathryn Kirkpatrick & Borbala Farago

From the shape-shifters of the sagas and the simian Paddies of the nineteenth century to the Celtic Tiger of recent years, non-human animals have figured powerfully in portrayals of Irishness. These portrayals tell us a great deal about the ways discourses of animality construct the human, and often, the sub-human. Indeed, Maureen O'Connor has argued that the constructed proximity of the Irish to animals justified the colonial use of force to subdue and contain them. Conversely, making the ideological connections between the oppression of women, the Irish, and animals, prominent nineteenth-century animal advocates from Ireland like Richard Martin of Galway, worked for both human and animal liberatory practices.

Human Rights in U.S. Literature and Beyond

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:13am
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Special Session Proposal for MLA Convention Boston 2013
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Panel studies U.S. writers, activists, filmmakers who deploy human rights discourses to undermine the authoritarianism and imperial ambition of nation-states. Please send a 1-page CV and 250-word abstract by 12 March 2012; Kimberly O'Neill (kloneill@quinnipiac.edu).

Call for Papers: Women's Fiction, New Modernist Studies, and Feminism

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 10:30am
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Modern Fiction Studies
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The Editors of MFS solicit new feminist scholarship on neglected women writers from the first half of the twentieth century. Feminist readings of single texts, essays on groups and/or movements, and overviews of a single woman's career are equally welcomed. We are particularly interested in new theoretical approaches to modernism emerging out of feminist theory, imbued with what Sianne Ngai calls "a feminist attentiveness to a persistence of sexual hierarchies" (2). How can a feminist attentiveness to women writers shape the conversation at a time when New Modernist studies have largely shifted the focus away from gender toward history and nation?

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