Although crime fiction is often looked down upon as pure diversion if not dismissed as a mass product, it continues to attract an ever-growing readership. Some will inevitably cast suspicion on a so-called form of paraliterature thereby overlooking the fact that a mere encounter between reader and text must be valued as an aesthetic experience worthy of attention. Crime writing contributes to throwing the reader into the thick of a narrative, demanding his full investment, whether as a sleuth or the repository of the dramatic tensions which build up as the plot unravels.
In the aftermath of World War II, the global configuration of societies underwent significant changes triggered by a complex mechanism of opening and closing: while the Western world
capitalized on its condition as depositary of traditional human values, the Eastern world gave in to left-wing ideologies that encircled the individuals and reshaped their identities. This
dichotomy that has been perpetuated for more than half a century also influenced the sense of Otherness. As Thomas Pavel remarked in his Fictional Worlds (1986), the political borders
became a threefold matrix: the mutually permeable (US and Canada), highly selective (Russia and China), and impenetrable (Israel and Syria). Under these circumstances, the individual
Conference theme: "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile"
Panel Title: "Dickinson's (Inter)Textual Travels"
The Emily Dickinson International Society seeks participants for a roundtable discussion of Dickinson's manuscripts as tales of travel, immigration, and exile. This discussion might include both the manuscripts themselves and their circuitous history. By examining Dickinson's commitment to manuscript production, this discussion should reveal many telling glimpses into the unforeseeable travels one takes as a "supposed person" (L268).
We welcome traditional analyses as well as creative work that can be written, digital, or mixed media.
Panel: "Agency, Fate, and the Forces of History in Nineteenth-Century European Narrative"
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
Echoes of Home: Bringing Home to Work
Call for Proposals:
As academics, we often feel disconnected from the outside world and even from our roots, our homes--where we're from. We feel like impostors--sometimes at work, sometimes at home. This placelessness often felt in academia manifests in graduate school when, as Donald Troop recently discussed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, grad students can feel "they're somehow not smart enough or that they're fooling people—that they feel like impostors." Maybe these feelings are common in times of transition (home-to-graduate-school, graduate-school-to-Assistant-Professor), but for some of us, that transition seems neverending.
Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Image Processing (IJIP) Volume 6, Issue 5.
The International Journal of Image Processing (IJIP) aims to be an effective forum for interchange of high quality theoretical and applied research in the Image Processing domain from basic research to application development. It emphasizes on efficient and effective image technologies, and provides a central forum for a deeper understanding in the discipline by encouraging the quantitative comparison and performance evaluation of the emerging components of image processing.
Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Engineering (IJE) Volume 6, Issue 5.
International Journal of Engineering (IJE) is devoted in assimilating publications that document development and research results within the broad spectrum of subfields in the engineering sciences. The journal intends to disseminate knowledge in the various disciplines of the engineering field from theoretical, practical and analytical research to physical implications and theoretical or quantitative discussion intended for both academic and industrial progress.
Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Computer Science and Security (IJCSS) Volume 6, Issue 5.
Computer Science Journals (CSC Journals) invites researchers, editors, scientists & scholars to publish their scientific research papers in an International Journal of Biometrics and Bioinformatics (IJBB) Volume 6, Issue 5.
The Aesthetics of Suffering
November 23th-24th, 2012
Department of English
National Taipei University of Technology
Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
The 2012 Work in Progress (WIP) Conference aims to draw on criticism, comment, knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm about the highly multiple phenomenon of exchange in the humanities and the arts. As a counterpart to culture's strong individual aspect, exchange works, often somewhat experimentally, to twine differing social, aesthetic, imaginative, theoretical, economic, and political strands of activity and thought. The conference calls for contributions from and attendance by researchers, postgraduates, and honours students working in various disciplines and with regard to different historical periods.
Interested researchers are invited to submit abstracts with connections to this year's general theme.
CFP for Proposed Panel
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference - March 6-10, 2013 - Chicago, IL
Panel Subject: Simultaneous Media: An Emerging Normality
This panel explores the work of George Saunders, author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, In Persuasion Nation, and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. By engaging with the aesthetic, cultural, and/or philosophical dimensions of Saunders' narrative fiction, this session will develop critical approaches to Saunders' work, and contextualize the author's significance for the contemporary moment and the short story form.
Although the conference theme of Debt is particularly apt in the case of George Saunders, respondents may also wish to consider the significance of issues such as…
The Hare, an online journal of brief essays and untimely reviews in early modern literature, is officially on-line. The inaugural issue can be read at:
We seek short essays on all topics related to early modern literature--poetry, prose, and drama.
We also seek reviews of "old"--classic, foundational, seminal, unjustly forgotten, etc.--books.
Please see our website for further information about contributing.
The second issue of The Hare will be published in September/October 2012. All queries and submissions should be sent to the editors, Jeremy Lopez and Paul Menzer, by email: