In Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov writes that "Sirin passed," "across the dark sky of exile" "like a meteor, and disappeared, leaving nothing much else behind him than a vague sense of uneasiness." While most would disagree that Nabokov disappeared or left nothing much behind him, many would agree that exile played a large role in his life and works. Even before he was forced to flee Russia, Nabokov's earliest poetry expressed the pain of exile and loss, a pain that would only intensify in the years to come.
Jorge Luis Borges' influence on literature has been immense, both in his native Argentina and throughout the world. Umberto Eco once wrote that while James Joyce "designed with words," Borges "designed with ideas." These ideas have had a tremendous impact throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. For example, the genre of magical realism that Borges helped to inspire has in turn inspired writers as diverse as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, José Saramango and Toni Morrison among many others. Likewise, postmodern authors such as Eco, Italo Calvino, John Barth, and Thomas Pynchon have all cited Borges as a key influence on their work.
Call for Submissions (edited collection): Post-9/11 British and American Literature: Ten Years Later
Editor: Kristine Miller, Associate Professor, Utah State University
Poetry Studies and Creative Poetry
2012 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
Boston, MA, April 11-14
Deadline: 15 December 2011
The 2012 PCA/ACA Poetry Studies & Creative Poetry Area chair is seeking two kinds of panelists: those reading original poetry and those delivering short papers on some aspect of American poetry.
Call For Papers – "So What?: Exploring the Importance and Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century"
Third Annual Graduate Student Conference
Submission deadline: November 15, 2011
The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our third annual graduate student conference which will be held February 24-25, 2012, in Tompkins Hall.
In this conference, we wish presenters and participants to examine and explore the continued need for humanities studies, and the place of humanities studies in societies that increasingly value technological advances in communication.
The Canadian Applied Literature Association (CALA) in conjunction with the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences invites your participation in our annual conference:
Literature, Social Justice, and Change
May 29th-30th, 2012
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
An academic association committed to exploring the critical, activist, pedagogical, and therapeutic applications of literature and story, CALA seeks proposals for papers, panels, and workshops that address the political and social justice applications of literature in all its forms: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, theatre, performance and visual arts, and oral storytelling.
Thinking Feeling: Critical Theory, Culture, Feeling
18th -19th May 2012
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Speakers will include: Timothy Bewes (Brown University), Ben Highmore (University of Sussex) and Alex Düttmann (Goldsmiths College, University of London); others tbc.
'Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.' (Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia)
The semantic slipperiness of 'will' fascinated the Renaissance: in all manner of texts of the period we find 'Will too boote, and Will in over-plus'. The structural conceit of the opening lines of John Donne's poem, 'The Will', exemplifies a key thematic construct to be found in much early modern literature and a prevalent intellectual thread in the culture from which this literature emerges: 'Before I sigh my last gasp, let me breath / Great Love, some legacies'. This poem – this willed enactment of the speaker's last will and testament to the world he will shortly leave behind – encapsulates the polyvocal qualities of the human 'will' and all that it signifies.
I'm organizing a session for the IAPL (International Association for Philosophy and Literature) conference in Tallinn, Estonia in May-June 2012. For the session (see brief description below) I'm looking for abstract submissions that deal with money in literature and/or money in philosophy, or the parallels between writing and money. If you are interested, please contact me soon and send an abstract by the end of September (max. 1000
words). The session can include 4 to 5 speakers. And please note: all speakers must be IAPL members by the end of September 2011.
Here is a link to the IAPL website: http://www.iapl.info/
The 2012 Conference of the Medieval Association of the Pacific will take place at Santa Clara University on Friday and Saturday March 30-31, 2012.
The Program Planning Committee welcomes proposals for individual presentations and organised sessions. Although the conference will not have a theme and papers on any topic relevant to our understanding of medieval culture will be welcome, the Committee invites members to take advantage of the 800 year anniversary of Clare of Assisi's foundation of a community of women on Palm Sunday in March 1212.
DICKENS SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM
University of Massachusetts Lowell &
Lowell National Historical Park
13–15 July 2012
The eighteenth century saw the rise of many philanthropic institutions for the laboring classes and the poor, especially with regard to orphanages, charity schools, and hospitals. The emergence of these forms of institutional charity suggests an increased attention to the needs of the underprivileged; at the same time, however, the underlying motivations of such benevolence did not simply exist to support the impoverished, the infirm, or the needy. Charitable giving, either for public institutions or for individual cases, proved in quantifiable ways the moral worth of the philanthropist. Literature of the long eighteenth century is filled with both ironic and sincere depictions of the how charitable giving affects the mind and the body.
This special issue of JNR will seek to explore the slippery notion of the 'will' and its various semantic permutations in the context of such issues as subjectivity, power, logic, desire, freedom, volition, wit, wisdom, theology and metaphysics. One of its main purposes is to investigate what power and signifying force 'the will' possesses, as well as its limitations, and to locate this concept within the aesthetic, political, theological, philosophical and ideological traditions that informed early modern literature and culture.
The issue builds on a symposium held at the University of Strathclyde, and will be guest-edited by Alison Thorne; however, for this issue JNR also welcomes further submissions around this theme.
Thirteenth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women's & Gender History
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 1-3, 2012
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2011
33rd Annual Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
CFP: The Film Archive and Cinematic Heritage Abstract/Proposals due December 1, 2011
Conference Theme: Celebrating "Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context" Conference Dates: February 8 - 11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
& Conference Center located in downtown Albuquerque, NM