Lars von Trier's movies constantly thematize debt, but never so memorably as in Dancer in the Dark which links hospitality to insanity and blindness, and, yet, such giving, such indebtedness, is also framed by an excessive, formal exuberance as Selma (played by Björk) dances and sings her way to the gallows.
The Fourth Annual International Conference on Popular Romance Studies
The Pleasures of Romance
York, United Kingdom
27-29 September, 2012
Deadline Extended to May 30, 2012. Travel funding available.
Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
A New Look at the Gothic Monster
This panel explores the cultural roles that monsters inhabit in Gothic fiction. Since the late-Victorian period, popular fiction has featured a panoply of monsters—vampires, werewolves,ghosts, zombies, mummies, shape-shifters, unknowable, and amorphous "things," and a variety of other undeads. The evolutionof monsters, what they represent, and why audiences need them are subjects of interest for this panel. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: psychology and the monster;
Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism (www.warwick.ac.uk/go/moviejournal) is an open access, peer reviewed online journal, committed to publishing rigorous but accessible critical writing that is responsive to the detailed texture and artistry of film and television, old and new.
We are currently inviting submissions for issues 4 & 5. Articles should be up to 8,000 words, although we are also open to the possibility of longer pieces, to be judged on a case-by-case basis. Articles should be submitted as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The theme for the CCCC 2013 conference is "The Public Work of Composition," with particular attention to basic writers. An interest in writing as a public work naturally invites consideration of the moral questions inherent in writing for a public audience. (e.g., What is my relationship to my readers? By what means should I persuade? And so on.) The rhetorical concept of ethos should be a natural part of this discussion, given that a rich understanding of ethos leads writers to reflect on the manifestation of their identity in public discourse and the related ethical questions that such presentation entails—among them the age-old question of whether an author must be a "good man," vir bonus, and by what means that goodness may be measured.
All papers should focus on some novel interpretations or suggestions on twentieth century literary theories especially ranging from New Criticism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Aesthetics, Reader Response Theory especially that propounded by Roland Barthes, Wolfgang Iser, Norman Holland, David Bleich, Hans Robert Jauss, Stanley Fish, etc. Some comments on recent advances by Jonathan Culler and Gerald Prince. Papers invited to this cause will come out in the shape of a book co-edited by Dr. Aashish Pande at The English and Foreign Languages University, India. We expect only serious candidates with sound academic background to send their papers in MLA Format not exceeding 7000 words.
Writing teachers have been talking about style forever, yet the errors keep rolling in. What's the deal? Isn't the medium the message? Here at Writing Commons, we're interested in ways new media can be used to revisit a vital but persistent problem—style. We ask that you creatively address (using multimedia components or through unique activities) a principle/topic from the list below:
Shifts in verb tense
Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST): Special Issue on Transnational Feminism(s)
Guest edited by Tanfer Emin Tunc, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Deadline for Full-Text Submissions: September 1, 2012
27-28 August, Canberra, Australia
Historians since Herodotus have argued that climates shape cultures. We can no longer ignore the fact that cultures also shape climates. Today's climate is increasingly a material effect of the history of industrialisation. The climate of the coming centuries will be an effect of contemporary global society. Recognition of these interactions opens a significant new field to historical inquiry. It brings the economic, political and technological history of the carbon cycle together with cultural, aesthetic and literary reflections of climate, and links the emergence of ecological thinking to broader transformations in the organization of knowledge.
The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University is proud to announce its 14th annual Fall Conference: "Cinema in Crisis."
Crisis: a vitally important or decisive stage in the progress of anything; a turning-point; also, a state of affairs in which a decisive change for better or worse is imminent; now applied esp. to times of difficulty, insecurity, and suspense in politics or commerce [OED Online].
This is a standing session at PAMLA. All proposals welcome. Of particular interest: Rhetorical Approaches to 20th Century Poetry or Poet(s); Rhetorical Approaches to Moby Dick. Preference also given to papers focused on praxis.
With the advent of new media technologies and social networking sites making communication faster and easier than ever, there exists a dearth of opportunity to see how fan cultures have evolved as a result. For example, fans can now have a direct impact on how some of their favorite TV shows are made and have influenced the storylines taking place. This type of "participatory" fandom has reached new heights in the 21st century as fans and creators become better connected. With this in mind, Dr. Kristin M. Barton and Dr. Jonathan M. Lampley are seeking proposals for an edited volume under consideration at McFarland titled Fan CULTure: An Examination of Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century.
Shooting the Event: Revolutionary Art & Thought in the Arab Uprisings
November 5-7, 2012
American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon