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Progressive-Era Periodicals and the Rhetoric of Reform

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:07pm
Special Session Proposed for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

How did ethnic American writers use the periodical as a vehicle for reform at the turn of the twentieth century? Please submit a 300 word abstract to Jacqueline Emery ( by 2 March 2012.

Crossing Linguistic Borders in Post-colonial Anglophone Literature

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 4:12pm
Valentine N. Ubanako

Editor Valentine N. UBANAKO, PhD
Department of Bilingual Studies (English/French), University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon.

Transporting Bodies and Minds: 18th- and 19th-Century Travel

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 3:06pm
University of Michigan, Eighteenth-Century Studies Group and Nineteenth-Century Forum

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, travelers of all kinds documented their experiences in private letters and diaries, official correspondence, life writing, spiritual and religious narratives, and ethnographic accounts. Furthermore, these experiences were often transformed into works of art, with real and imagined moments of contact serving as the inspiration for painting, music, poetry, prose fiction, photography, and other creative ventures. These aesthetic productions transformed the foreign into the national, the known into the unknown, appearing to expand access to other cultures--a model of cultural transportation that recent criticism is troubling.

Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 2:47pm
University of Southern Indiana

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen. To submit an abstract, please go to and click on the abstract link.

The conference, organized by the University of Southern Indiana, Monmouth University and Penn State Altoona, will be held at Monmouth University in northern New Jersey from September 14-16, 2012. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry.

CFP: Florida

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 1:06pm
Jeff Rice

CFP: Collection


Call for Contributions for a volume of essays on 'Shipwrecks and Islands'

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12:00pm
Olga Springer, Dublin City University (Ireland)

Shipwrecks and Islands.
A thematic, multidisciplinary and comparative volume of essays.

Recurrent motifs, shipwrecks and islands have always, together and separately, fascinated artists and writers as fundamental expressions of both crises and new beginnings. Proposals with literary, philosophical, artistic, filmic and/or musical foci are welcome.

Please send your proposals (500 words) to by February 20, 2012.
Acceptance of proposals will be sent by February 27, 2012.
Final articles should be about 5000 words in MLA style and sent by May 14, 2012.

Robert Browning and Victorian Poetry at 200, Nov 1-3, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 8:26am
Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University

To celebrate Robert Browning's bicentenary in 2012, the Armstrong Browning Library is hosting an international conference that will focus on Browning's importance within the broader field of Victorian poetry and poetics, and within Victorian studies more generally. Proposals are invited for short position papers, to be circulated in advance and discussed in seminars, on the themes detailed below. In addition to these theme-based seminars, conference attendees will also have the chance to participate in seminar discussions centered around particular Browning texts, led by notable Victorian poetry scholars.

2012 RMMLA (10/11-10/13); submissions due 3/1/12

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:46am
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Papers on any topic concerning British or Irish literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are invited for the forthcoming 2012 RMMLA Convention in Boulder Colorado, to be held Oct. 11-15. Proposals for 15 minute papers are invited which shed light on any aspect of British Literature Since 1900, including any author, genre, literary work, theoretical, historical, or interdisciplinary approach. Please submit a titled, 250 word abstract that includes your name, university affiliation, contact information, and request for audio-visual technology if desired by 1 March 2012, to Jana Giles: Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2012.

Globalization and the Frontiers of Ethics: Critical Essays on Literature and Language.

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:27am
The Department of English of the Higher Teachers’ Training College of the University of Maroua

Globalization and the Frontiers of Ethics: Critical Essays on Literature and Language
The New Technologies of Information and Communication have resulted in a rapprochement of different regions, cultures, peoples, ideologies and perspectives. This effectively justifies the naming of today's world the "global era". It bespeaks a "borderless world" where events are "experienced" simultaneously in almost every part of the world. More than ever before there are transcultural and transnational exchanges of an important magnitude. The experience of culture is no longer limited to a geographical location.

George R.R. Martin's " A Song of Ice and Fire" and the Medieval Literary Tradition

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 4:47am
Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz, PhD, University of Warsaw

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
and the Medieval Literary Tradition

All fellow academics concerned with medieval studies are invited to contribute to a research project on the medievalist context of the work of George R. R. Martin.
The idea behind the project is to explore all aspects of the Song of Ice and Fire series which can be related to the medieval heritage of contemporary fantasy which in an intricately unique way animates the literary world of Martin's fiction.
Authors of individual papers may wish to position Martin's work in relation to issues such as:

[UPDATE] Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 11:29pm
Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction (Special Session proposal for MLA 2013 Boston, MA)

Increasingly important to the world economy as an engine of growth, the dynamic region of East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea) has for decades figured prominently in world media for its critical geopolitical position. But how has East Asia's emergence onto the world stage been reflected in English-language literature? This panel invites papers on recent (20th-century) Anglophone fiction set in East Asia; please send abstract of 1-2 pp along with a current c.v. to Mary Goodwin ( by 15 March 2012.