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Harlem Spectacle (MSA 14)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 9:08pm
Matthew Hannah / University of Oregon

In the chapter "Spectacles in Color" in his autobiography The Big Sea, Langston Hughes describes the famous Hamilton Club Lodge Ball as the "Strangest and gaudiest of all Harlem spectacles." For Hughes, the ball where "men dress as women and women dress as men" is representative of Harlem life in the 1920's. After positioning the drag ball within the broader context of Harlem life—including Countee Cullen's wedding and the church services of Rev. Dr. Becton—Hughes comes to the conclusion that "Harlem likes spectacles of one kind or another."

[Update] Critical Insights:Zora Neale Hurston

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:27pm
Sharon Lynette Jones

I am seeking abstracts about Zora Neale Hurston and/or her publications for an edited book called
Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston. The abstracts should be approximately 300 words long and should be accompanied by a CV. Abstracts should be on Hurston and/or intepretations of her publications. The book will be part of Salem Press's Critical Insights series of books. Books from this series focus on authors, their publications, and their significance.
Please submit an abstract,a CV, and contact information to Sharon Lynette Jones, Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures, Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) at sharon. jones@wright.edu by April 15, 2012.

[Update] Critical Insights:Zora Neale Hurston

updated: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:27pm
Sharon Lynette Jones

I am seeking abstracts about Zora Neale Hurston and/or her publications for an edited book called
Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston. The abstracts should be approximately 300 words long and should be accompanied by a CV. Abstracts should be on Hurston and/or intepretations of her publications. The book will be part of Salem Press's Critical Insights series of books. Books from this series focus on authors, their publications, and their significance.
Please submit an abstract,a CV, and contact information to Sharon Lynette Jones, Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures, Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) at sharon. jones@wright.edu by April 15, 2012.

MSA 14 Panel: Analogical Modernism (Oct 18-21, 2012)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:37pm
Dora Zhang

Analogy has a long history as a figure of rhetoric and logic. In his 1951 essay, "Effects of Analogy," Wallace Stevens makes this figure central to poetics, writing, "Poetry is incredibly one of the effects of analogy." This term, in Steven's understanding, encompasses various procedures of saying the same thing another way such that the restatement illustrates and gives definition to the thing stated. Poetry is a kind of rhetoric in which "the feeling of one man is communicated to another in words of the exquisite appositeness that takes away all their verbality."

Comparative American Ethnic Literatures—Special Session, PAMLA – EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 22, 2012

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 2:55pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

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PAMLA 2012 Conference—October 19-21, 2012, Seattle University

COMPARATIVE AMERICAN ETHNIC LITERATURES

"WRITING THE BODY (POLITIC)"

This special session welcomes submissions that deploy comparative analytical frameworks to re-imagine topics within American studies often limited by the scope of specialized ethnic subfields. This session is particularly intended for those papers that are not easily categorized within one specific ethnic subfield because the analysis attempts to read texts or artifacts across ethnicities in the service of a pan-ethnic American studies.

MSA 14 Panel: Analogical Modernism

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 2:48pm
Dora Zhang

Analogy has a long history as a figure of rhetoric and logic. In his 1951 essay, "Effects of Analogy," Wallace Stevens makes this figure central to poetics, writing, "Poetry is incredibly one of the effects of analogy." This term, in Steven's understanding, encompasses various procedures of saying the same thing another way such that the restatement illustrates and gives definition to the thing stated. Poetry is a kind of rhetoric in which "the feeling of one man is communicated to another in words of the exquisite appositeness that takes away all their verbality."

2012 Annual SAMLA Conference-Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 2:38pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

The South Atlantic Modern Language Association welcomes proposals for full panels or calls for papers for the 2012 SAMLA Convention, which will be held in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, November 9-11, 2012. Proposals supporting the special focus of the conference, "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile" are especially encouraged. Sessions, however, may also be of a more general nature or concentrate on a specific topic relating to teaching, literary and linguistic scholarship in the humanities, and modern languages.

Anger in Women's Fiction - MLA 2013 - Extended Deadline: March 26

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:45pm
Caroline Godart / Rutgers University

This panel will focus on anger in twentieth and twenty-first-century fictional works by women writers both within and beyond the English-speaking world.

Contempt for women's anger has been a longtime companion to misogyny, making the expression of rage on women's part a particularly radical gesture. Further, women's texts that rely systematically on anger are quite rare and often exist at the margins of literature. Those that do become canonical, like the works of Elfriede Jelinek and Annie Ernaux, remain profoundly disturbing as their excessive and destructive force proves to be uncontainable by their status as established literature.

Beloved Allegory: Spenser After C.S. Lewis

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:38pm
The Sixteenth-Century Studies Society and Conference

The Allegory of Love, first published in 1936, revolutionized the reading of The Faerie Queene. Lewis's learning, the brilliance of his style, and above all the absolute seriousness with which he took the poem gave an impetus to Spenser studies from which we all continue to benefit. Or do we? According to Paul Alpers, Lewis left "a mixed heritage to Spenser criticism". Is Lewis's uncompromising moralism a drawback to his his work? Or is it an essential part of treating Spenser, to quote Alpers again, "as a living poet"? This panel aims to consider the value, cost, and future of Lewis's influence. Some questions we might consider are: 1) how radical was Lewis's reading? 2) How far is he still taken seriously today?

"Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities" - abstracts by April 15, 2012

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:21pm
Pia Mukherji & Binita Mehta

This edited volume will examine drawn comic strips (bandes dessinées) as they relate to postcolonialism in contemporary Anglophone and Francophone diasporic cultures. The "comics exceptionalism" (Petersen) of current scholarship in Anglo-American, Japanese, or European traditions miss how contemporary "ninth art" production in postcolonial contexts record historical critique, political action, or emergent transnational narratives of trauma, gender, revolution, and global trafficking. Some helpful critical frames: Comics and the production of postmodern identities, the place of comics within global political communities, transnational comics and new visual technologies.

[UPDATE] George Perkins Marsh: An American for All Seasons (May 4-5, 2012)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 9:51am
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken NJ

The College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology is pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming conference celebrating the insights and achievements of George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882), environmentalist, diplomat, philosopher, and scholar, to be held on our scenic campus 4-5 May 2012. A volume of conference proceedings will be printed following the conference.

Please note the CFP deadline is 15 March 2012. For more information about submissions or to attend the conference, please visit our ever-evolving conference website: www.stevens.edu/cal/marsh.php.

PAMLA 2012 / Science Fiction Division / Deadline April 22nd, 2012

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 4:32am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Science Fiction Division of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association invites paper proposals for the 110th annual PAMLA conference, held this year at Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington from October 19th – 21st, 2012.

All abstracts proposing original science fiction scholarship will receive full consideration.

To propose a paper, please follow this link and use the Online Proposal Submission Form, which will help guide your paper title, abstract, and proposal (of no more than 500 words) to the Science Fiction Division by the April 22nd deadline:

http://www.pamla.org/2012/proposals

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Director Spotlight: Orson Welles (Pitch Deadline: 3/30/2012)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:15am
PopMatters

Pitch Deadline: 30 March 2012
Final Deadline: 4 May 2012

Contact: Calum Marsh, Jordan Cronk and Sarah Zupko

Email: calummarsh@gmail.com, jordancronk21@gmail.com, editor@popmatters.com

Over the course of a week-long special feature, PopMatters is excited to offer a new venue for film scholars, historians, critics, and social theorists of any stripe to reexamine the legacy of one of the American cinema's most iconic but divisive masters, Orson Welles.

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