Flannery O'Connor lived and wrote during one of the turbulent periods of American history. A child of the Great Depression and its aftermath, she began her professional writing career in the political shadow of the WWII, McCarthyism, and the Korean War. Her college days also ran parallel to the birth and rise of New Criticism championed by many of her fellow Southerners she got to know well. The Flannery O'Connor session at the Rocky Mountain MLA 2013 annual convention focuses on how literally and metaphorically she negotiates her poetics and politics, bringing together her conflicting views on literary theory, social practice, and political convictions. Papers may address her fiction or her letters or her essays.
Picking Through the Trash
English Graduate Students' Association Conference at York University, Toronto
May 10th and 11th, 2013
"Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures." – Ray Bradbury
"I love trash!" – Oscar the Grouch
Friday, April 5--Saturday, April 6
University of Arizona
The term "early modern" implies that writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries should have a place in our thought on the nature of modernity. This panel will explore that implication with a focus on John Milton, who has been described in recent criticism as delirious in his vacillation between modern authorship and pre-modern shamanism (G. Teskey), as having under-explored post-modern affinities for poetic ambiguity (J. Wittreich), as critiquing the bourgeois aesthetic ideology gaining traction in the late seventeenth century (V. Kahn), as illumining post-secularity in his negotiations of reason and belief (F. Mohamed), as resisting religious ceremonialism at the historical moment of God leaving the world (R.
A matter of lifedeath
October 1-4, 2014
The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Keynote Speaker: Trina Robbins
Guest Artist: Leela Corman
Guest Artist: Megan Kelso
Pippi to Ripley:
The Female Figure in Fantasy and Science Fiction
May 4-5, 2013
Keynote speaker: Tamora Pierce
The first day, Friday, May 4 will feature panel discussions primarily focused on using Children's and YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, Graphic Novels/Comics and films in the classroom or for community events. We invite librarians, middle school and high school teachers, reading specialists and teacher educators to send 300-500 word presentation proposals on teaching or programming with Fantasy and Science Fiction texts to Elizabeth Bleicher (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 1, 2013.
English Graduate Conference at Southern Methodist University
Describing Kokovoko, the mysterious island home of Queequeg in Melville's Moby Dick, Ishmael states, "It is not down in any map; true places never are." The idea of "place" has haunted and inspired the literary imaginations of countless writers and readers. This conference panel seeks papers that explore the significance of space, place, and geography in literature.
This panel will look at the way race, ethnicity, nationality and even religion are often times associated with one specific group from a speicific geographical region and a specific set of shared cultural values. The goals of the papers in this panel will be to 1) employ a transnational comparative methodological approach and 2)to challenge stereotypical assumptions made in popular culture and rhetoric that inevitably suggest that conflicting and intersecting identities (ranging from but in no way limited to Latin@ Muslims, Black/Gay Republicans, Atheists Arabs, Quasi-European/Quasi-Asian Turks, Polish Argentines, and the list goes on) can and do frequently appear.
Original work is sought for a collection of critical essays on William Carlos Williams and the visual arts. As evident in his friendships with artists and his commentary about art, William Carlos Williams thought deeply about the relation of art and his poetics. "I might easily have become a painter," he memorably recounts in I Wanted to Write a Poem, "… except that the articulate art of poetry gave a more immediate opportunity for the attack" (3). The 1913 Armory Show centennial provides a unique time for new study of the ways visual arts influenced Williams's thoughts and writings; it is our hope that this volume will generate renewed interest among literary scholars and art historians about this dynamic aspect of Williams's legacy.
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for Gendering the Book, a one-day conference to be held at the University of Leeds. The conference will close with a keynote address from Professor Richard Cronin (University of Glasgow).
This conference aims to connect recent scholarship in the areas of book-history and material culture to work on Romantic constructions of masculinity and femininity by considering how men and women in the long eighteenth century imagined their relationship to textual objects. How did cultures of production, consumption, and exchange contribute to the construction of gendered identities? Did these practices and identities change over time, and how far was the book itself a gendered object?
The American Studies Association of Korea
The 48th International Conference
Place: Seoul, South Korea
Date: November 1-2, 2013
Title: "Refashioning America: Critiques, Narratives and Aesthetics of Transculturation"
Many thanks to those who have already submitted their proposals. We will be extending our deadline until 20 January 2013. Here's the original CFP: