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The Essay: Forms and Transformations

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Friday, May 25, 2012 - 8:07am
Dr. Markus Oppolzer / University of Salzburg

The Essay has constituted an important prose form from the sixteenth century until the present and constitutes an intriguing field for interdisciplinary study. Applied to such a heterogeneous range of writings as maxims, aphorisms and proverbs, letters, treatises in philosophy and the sciences, as well as criticism and journalism of different kinds, it has eluded clear definition. Not surprisingly, literary and cultural studies have been reluctant to tackle what appears to be a random array of prose texts straddling the boundaries between literature, philosophy and scientific writing, criticism and journalism.

The Second International Conference on Digital Enterprise and Information Systems (DEIS2012)

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Friday, May 25, 2012 - 2:58am
The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)

VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
July 16-18, 2012
http://www.sdiwc.net/deis2012/

All the papers will be reviewed and the accepted papers in the conference will be submitted for potential inclusion in the digital library of SDIWC
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The proposed conference on the above theme will be held at VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic, From July 16-18, 2012 which aims to enable researchers build connections between different digital applications.

CFP: Literature and Photography Special Issue, September 17, 2012

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 5:44pm
LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

How do you "see" literature? How do you "write" photography? In recent years, scholars have drawn a connection between the nineteenth-century realist novel and the rise of photography, suggesting that the novel genre is intrinsically photographic. This argument hinges, in part, on realism, or at the very least on reality effects. Nineteenth-century photography was indeed often used to document: to record landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, and crime scenes. Yet it was also from the start a creative technology, a mode of representation open to experimentation and artistic innovation. How does photography intersect with literature when the aims of one or both are not to represent reality?

Shadowing the Divine and the Diabolical in Early Modern English Literature

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:30pm
Renaissance Society of America Proposed Panel

In Book V of Paradise Lost, Raphael aptly summarizes the difficulties of communicating sacred truths to the human consciousness: "how shall I relate / To human sense th' invisible exploits / …; how last unfould / The secrets of another World, perhaps / Not lawful to reveal?" His intriguing suggestion that earth may be "but the shaddow of Heav'n" invokes a rich complex of early modern traditions that view "the shadow" as an image of the divide between the worldly and the otherworldly, and a figure that can potentially bridge that divide. This panel examines ways early modern English literature exploits and explores "the shadow" in its attempts to mend the gap between material and spiritual worlds felt to be intimately connected, yet inextricably divided.

Keeping Going: The Appeal of Seamus Heaney / SAMLA 9-11 November 2012 Durham, NC

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:22pm
Jonathan Allison / University of Kentucky

This panel seeks to investigate the reasons for the endurance of Seamus Heaney's importance as poet, critic and translator. Suggested topics include but are not limited to studies of Heaney's poetry, translations, drama, and criticism; the reception and/or influence of Heaney; Heaney's place within modern and contemporary poetry; Heaney's relations with other poets and the poetry of other nations or regions; Heaney and America; Heaney in library archives; the place of Heaney in the classroom and/or the academy. 250-word abstracts by 8 June, 2012 to Jonathan Allison, University of Kentucky, at jalliso@uky.edu

Textual Debts (and Textual Debtors) in Golden Age Spain, M/MLA, Nov. 8-11, 2012

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 3:54pm
Midwest MLA

2012 M/MLA

This panel explores the way authors in Golden Age Spain accounted for textual debts, whether in their own production or in that of others. How do poets trace literary heritage, such as the sonnet or epic forms, or Petrarchan traditions? How do authors view material 'borrowed' or imitated by contemporaries? How do authors figure their own 'borrowings'? Textual forms and modes such as translation, adaptation, the sequel/continuation, and the re-edition are all valuable points of interest, but of equal importance are technical elements such as allusion or style that produce similar forms of textual indebtedness.

CFP: Midwest MLA Special Session, November 8-11, 2012 - "Writing the Ineffable: Mystic Literature and the Limits(?) of Language"

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 1:51pm
Morgan Shipley / Michigan State University

In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James informs us that the mystical state operates in an ineffable realm and, as such, language remains incapable of accurately narrating or textualizing the mystical experience. And yet, mystical literature has attempted to find expression for what, ostensibly, can be described as an absence, a lack, a debt within the normative structures of communicative and discursive language. If the mystical experience inhabits a landscape beyond the limits and borders of language, how do writers find the words to describe the ineffable? How do form, word-play, negative dialectics and deconstructive tendencies help structure, out of an absence, a mystic analysis or language of unity?

Appropriating the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures, Deadline 9/30/12

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:38am
Northeast Modern Language Association

Appropriating the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

During the medieval and early modern periods, the Bible was a source of worship, instruction, and entertainment. This panel invites papers that address ways the Bible was read, misread, adapted, or performed. A variety of approaches and perspectives are welcomed. Topics might include translation and adaptation, Bible illustration, the commentary tradition, biblical exempla, apocryphal narrative, and drama.

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