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Rupert Thomson: a critical symposium

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 1:33pm
University of Manchester

Rupert Thomson: a critical symposium

14th June 2013

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Keynote Speakers: John McAuliffe (Manchester) and Rupert Thomson

An academic conference supported by the University of Manchester @artsmethods and Gylphi's Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays series

Proposals are invited for papers for the first academic symposium focusing on contemporary writer Rupert Thomson, whose work includes eight novels (with Secrecy, his ninth, due in March 2013) and a celebrated memoir (This Party's Got to Stop, 2010). Despite widespread critical acclaim, there has as yet been no sustained academic engagement with Thomson's writing.

Violence in the Early Modern Period (February 15-16, 2013)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12:30pm
The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan

Keynote speakers: Prof. Melissa Sanchez (English, University of Pennsylvania) and Prof. Mitchell Merback (History of Art, Johns Hopkins University)

The CEA Critic solicits articles on "The Idea of the West." Deadline 4/23/2013

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 11:24am
The CEA Critic

The University of Northern Colorado is the new home of The CEA Critic, the journal of the College English Association. The University is located in Greeley, Colorado, a city named for famed journalist Horace Greeley, who popularized (although was not the first to utter) the injunction, "Go West, young man!" For Greeley, and for so many others before and after him, the West has been a location both literal and figurative. For this issue, the new editors solicit essays that investigate, reflect on, seek to define, or look to challenge the notion of the West as it is addressed in any mode or genre of text.

Disruptive Disrespect in the College Classroom

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 11:12am
Amanda Morris, PhD

CFP for edited collection of creative nonfiction stories of experience in the college classroom specifically focused on the growing phenomenon of college student disrespect: causes, results, proof, and solutions Tentatively titled Disruptive Disrespect in the College Classroom, this collection will be submitted to Kindle Singles at the end of January 2013. Stories/essays of 1,500 – 2,000 words in any form (creativity and imagination in form and style encouraged!) should be submitted to the editor, Amanda Morris, at no later than January 15, 2013.

[UPDATE] Anthology on the Work of Michael Chabon

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 11:09am
Bob Batchelor, Kent State University

Call for Papers: Anthology on the Work of Michael Chabon, edited by Bob Batchelor and Jesse Kavadlo

Update: The editors are still accepting submissions. We are particularly interested in adding essays that discuss Michael Chabon's short fiction, create connections to one or more themes in American literature, and/or situate Chabon's work within the concept of the American Experience, whatever you take that to mean in the context of your essay. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and brief CV/biography to both Bob Batchelor ( and Jesse Kavadlo ( by January 1, 2013.

[UPDATE] Medievalism in Popular Culture at the PCA/ACA, March 27-30, 2013

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 10:02am
Popular and American Culture Associations

**Extended deadline for abstracts: December 7, 2012**

Medievalism in Popular Culture
at the 43rd Annual Popular and American Culture Associations Conference
Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, D.C.
March 27-30th, 2013

Call for submissions to the following paper sessions and round table panels:

Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at the American Literature Association, May 2013 (deadline: Jan. 18, 2013)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 9:54am
Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites proposals for a session at the annual conference of the American Literature Association to be held May 23-26, 2013 in Boston, MA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at We are interested in proposals that touch on any aspect of Woolson's work and especially welcome proposals that draw attention to her lesser-known texts. For information about the society, please visit our website:

Deadline: January 15, 2013

Global Conference SYMBOLS AND THEORIES OF WORLD DEMOCRACIES AND WORLD CULTURES Ahmedabad India 30-31 December 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 4:21am
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Ahmedabad Kendra

INTRODUCTION: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Ahmedabad holds a Global conference on 30th and 31st December 2012 . this is the year when Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan completes 75 years whereas it celebrates 125 years of its founder Kulpati K. M. Munshiji. Dr K. M. Munshi had vivid traits of personality. The saga of Indian Freedom Movement shall remain incomplete without mentioning his potential. He was a leader in almost all aspects of life. He was the member of constituent assembly, a bright lawyer, a radical educationist, a nationalist par excellence, an author of great repute, an ardent politician and a worshipper of Indian culture and its ancient traditions.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 9 December 2012

The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading, Sept. 26-28, 2013

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 11:50pm
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum

Keynote Speakers: Branka Arsic, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Mitchell Breitwieser, English, U.C. Berkeley Charles Mathewes, Religion, University of Virginia Steven Justice, English, U.C. Berkeley Albrecht Diem, History, Syracuse University ---with a special reading and group discussion of Finnegan's Wake led by John Bishop

Anthology on The Book of Mormon Musical, abstracts ONGOING

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 11:46pm
Marc Edward Shaw / Hartwick College; Holly Welker / Writer & editor

The official reaction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to The Book of Mormon, the musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, consists of a single sentence: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."

John Milton: a special topic session at RMMLA (October 10-12, 2013)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 8:07pm
Clay Daniel/RMMLA

Papers on any aspect of Milton, for the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, October 10-12, 2013, in Vancouver, Washington. Email 200-300 word proposals, for 15-20 minute presentations, by March 1, 2013, to or All proposals are acknowledged. You do not have to be a member of RMMLA to propose a paper, but you should become a member by April 1 to be listed in the program.

Women and the Silent Screen VII: Performance and the Emotions

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:22pm
Katharina Bonzel/ University of Melbourne

Women and the Silent Screen VII, the seventh international conference on women and early film, will be co-hosted by the Gender Studies Program of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Victorian College of the Arts in September 30- October 2, 2013. Previously held in Utrecht, Santa Cruz, Montréal, Guadalajara, Stockholm and Bologna, this is the first time the conference has been brought to the Australia-Pacific region. We are inviting participants to submit abstracts (200-300 words, headed by a paper title) as well as a short biographical statement by 20/01/2013. Those who would like to propose panels or workshops should submit a panel title, as well as the individual paper proposal.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Society Panels at ALA 2013 (1/15/2013; ALA 05/23-26/2013)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 5:47pm
Paul Laurence Dunbar Society

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston on May 23-26, 2013. All topics are welcome; we would especially welcome proposals on 1) any aspect of Dunbar's short fiction and 2) any aspect of the relationship between Paul and Alice. Other potential topics might include:

Dunbar's poetry: examining Dunbar's use of particular poetic forms (the sonnet, for example), his war poetry, the pastoral focus of his poetry (either in conjunction with or separate from his poetry in dialect), the relationship between photography and Dunbar's poetry in the six collections published in conjunction with the Hampton Institute Camera Club, and/or

Beyond Domesticity: Hemans in the Wider World, A Special Issue of _Women's Writing_

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 1:39pm
Nanora Sweet, University of Missori-St Louis & Kate Singer, Mount Holyoke College

Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) was the sole British woman poet to rank alongside male Romantics in publishing and sales before and after her death. She positioned herself as a cosmopolitan writer in major forms on post-Napoleonic topics, later becoming a pioneer in Biedermeier poetics (of privatized, domestic sentiment). This later development has dominated her recovery in contemporary Romanticism, enabling a reconstruction of "domesticity" itself as a discourse. However, domesticity may be as much an artifact of her life and career as a framework for it.