Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
The fifth issue of, guest edited by Dr Ella Dzelzainis (Newcastle University), is dedicated to a reassessment of nineteenth-century investments in concepts of productivity and consumption. Accelerating industrialisation, the growth of consumer culture, economic debates about the perils of overconsumption as well as emerging cultural discourses about industriousness, work ethic and the uses of free time radically altered the ways in which Victorians thought about practices of production and consumption. Literary authors intervened directly in these economic and social debates while also negotiating analogous developments within a literary marketplace transformed by new forms of writing, distributing and consuming literature.
*Pedagogy* announces a special issue devoted to graduate students. English professors teach graduate students in a myriad of settings: in seminars, teacher training programs (usually to prepare them to teach writing courses), and through advisement of masters' and doctoral theses. Yet we rarely discuss how we teach them, or how we should.
Call for Papers: Claremont Journal of Religion is issuing a call for papers for its upcoming Inaugural Issue set to come out January 2012. We invite papers related to any of these topics:
Theories of Religion
Religion and Society
Religion, the Public Sphere, and American Politics
Deadline for submission is November 1, 2011.
EXTENDED DEADLINE, EMAIL CONTACT CHANGE
"Counterfeiting or Teaching? Using English Renaissance Poetry to Teach Non-Literary Skills"
SAMLA 2011 @ Atlanta, Georgia, November 4-6.
This anthology will investigate the horror genre across national boundaries and different media forms. Perhaps more than any other genre, horror is characterized by its ability to be simultaneously aware of the local while able to permeate national boundaries, to function on both regional and international registers. Horror, in testing the limits of identity, manifested its transnational nature early on, establishing grids of intersection between art, film, theater, and new technologies. Yet, even historically attuned theories have continued to locate the American industry at the center of most discussions, in the process ossifying a sense of the dominant and the marginal.
CFP: Edited anthology, The Historical Contexts of Literary Theory
Call for Papers
The Wallace Stevens Society
The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900
February 23-25, 2012
Wallace Stevens and the New York School
From the dawn of cinema western stories were filmed in other countries and in other languages: the 'spaghetti' westerns and 'Indianerfilme' represent only two well-known inflections. In these films, which arguably neither show the American west nor tell its stories, nation and genre find unsure footing. How do these films negotiate nation, narrative, genre, and their intersection? Send 300-500 word abstracts on film history, genre theory, or comparative topics to Tim Scheie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diesis Volume 1, Issue 2: the Other Issue
Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2011
The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities would like to welcome you to submit to its second issue. This second issue will continue the inaugural issue's study of identity, concentrating this time on the diesis, or double dagger, which indicates a footnote or point of reference.
On the back of a recent workshop entitled, The Future of Early Tamil Cinema, held at the Rojah Muttiah Research Library, Chennai, the editors of BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies are issuing a general call for paper submissions to broaden and extend the scholarly engagement with archival practice as a way of preserving, evaluating and re-energizing the history of early Tamil cinema. BioScope editorial adviser Steve Hughes will be special guest editor for the issue.
Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP Conference 2012
Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Practice
Humber Lakeshore Campus, Toronto
Thursday, May 10th – Sunday, May 13th , 2012
Keynote Speakers: Joseph Boyden, Nicole Brossard, David Fenza, Erin Mouré, Yvette Nolan, and Tim O'Brien
'Critical Climate' special issue of symplokē
Conference "From the Blank Page to the Silver Screen 4: Opening pages, opening shots" - Université du Maine (Le Mans, France) - 21-22 June 2012
Call for papers
*Submit your work to the RES Essay Prize*
The editors of The Review of English Studies invite contributions to the RES Essay Prize on any topic of English literature or the English language from medieval times to the twentieth century. The winner will receive:
- Publication of the winning essay in The Review of English Studies
- A cash prize of £250
- £250 worth of OUP books
- A free year's subscription to The Review of English Studies
*How to enter*
Visit http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4274/1 for entry guidelines and full details of the competition rules.