A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.
Guernica Editions is planning to publish a collection of essays on Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière as part of their "Writers Series" in early 2013. Editor Lee Skallerup Bessette is looking for submissions for the collection, focusing on any aspect of Laferrière's oeuvre, including movie adaptations, his children's books, his newspaper writing, etc. The essays should be between 5000-7000 words and follow current MLA conventions for formatting and citations. Please ensure footnotes are inserted manually instead of using the word processors footnote capabilities. Essays should be submitted in English, but quotes within the essay can be in French.
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 role of cross-departmental cooperation in the interdisciplinary world of Medieval Studies cannot be understated; the concept of "Medieval Studies" and the International Congress itself of course are predicated on such an understanding. IPFW Medieval Studies seeks to bring together a range of scholars from different types of schools to discuss the ways in which Medieval Studies programs are created, succeed, and possibly fail. Building on the success on last year's panel, "Teaching Medieval Studies at Regional University," we will be particularly interested in hearing from teachers at schools like our own which has been historically too "pragmatic" to offer an interdisciplinary degree in Medieval Studies.
A Few Lines Magazine is a new literary magazine which actively seeks to publish the work of up-and-coming, as well as already established, authors. We are about to release our second issue and are currently looking for submissions for our third issue. We publish short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction on a quarterly basis. Our first issue is about to be printed, and we are making preparations to ensure that every issue we publish in the future will be printed.
Seeking papers on any aspect of Jewish American and Holocaust Literature for the 16th Annual JAHLit Symposium at the landmark Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Florida. Send 250 word abstracts to Holli Levitsky at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2011. Send registration form and $150 check for membership in the Society for the Study of Jewish American Literature care of: Holli Levitsky, LMU Department of English, One LMU Drive, Suite 3800, Los Angeles CA 90045. If you have any questions call Holli Levistky at 310-338-7664 or Ezra Cappell at 915-747-5739. For more information and for registration form and checklist go to www.jahlit.org
This CFP is for a stream of panels at the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, from May 3-5, 2012.
Yin and Yang in the English Classroom:
Literary Criticism and Pedagogy of Popular Texts
Contributions are invited for a collection of literary criticism and pedagogical strategies on any aspect of popular-culture texts. The burgeoning interest in popular culture in the academic environment provides a watershed moment to examine and evaluate a wide spectrum of critical approaches and practical uses of books, films, music, comics, television, radio, and electronic media. Our book uniquely brings together two major areas of academic study—criticism and pedagogy—to create a unified source for learning about popular texts and ways to teach them in university and secondary classrooms.
2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Aldous Huxley's final novel, _Island_ (1962), and 2013 will observe the half-century since his death. The panel session will reexamine Huxley's work (of any genre) in light of its influence on and relevance to contemporary culture, ideas, and movements. The panel's scope intends to be broad and inclusive, to encourage new North American scholarly attention on Huxley and his works. Of particular interest are new approaches that place Huxley in dialogue with other artists and intellectuals within and beyond Anglo-American traditions.
As African American men and women began to appropriate sentimental tropes and the sentimental novel form in the nineteenth-century, they argued for their humanity and alignment with social norms while simultaneously critiquing the ways in which sentimentalism marginalized African American identities by excluding them from ideologies that promote white dominance. Examples of such critiques include William Wells Brown's Clotel (1859), Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1864), and Frances E. W. Harper's Iola Leroy (1893). With the turn of the century and the rising influence of naturalism, modernism, and New Criticism, scholars have generally believed that authors no longer respect or employ sentimentalism as a literary method.
Call for Papers: NeMLA Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES"
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012—Rochester, New York, Hyatt Rochester http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html
This panel will consider the ways energy, broadly conceived, was theorized, understood, and represented in Victorian literature, science, and material culture.
Call for Papers: Popular Culture at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on popular culture for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org
The Popular Culture panel at CEA welcomes submissions on any aspect of popular culture. Papers that address the general conference theme, borders, in popular culture are especially welcome.
The Langston Hughes Society welcomes papers that explore the connections between Langston Hughes and the U.S. South. Papers which examine racial identity (for example, "the mulatto"), Scottsboro, Langston Hughes's relationships with Zora Neale Hurston and/or other authors, and additional aspects of Langston Hughes's writings and life as related to the U.S. South are welcome. All accepted presenters must join the Langston Hughes Society and the College Language Association by February 1, 2012. Please email an abstract (300-400 words) and a biographical profile (3-5 lines) to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at email@example.com by September 5, 2011.
International Thomas Merton Society
College English Association
Richmond, VA—March 29-31, 2012
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th St
Call for Papers
An allied organization of the College English Association (CEA), the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) will be sponsoring one or more panels at the annual CEA Conference next March 29-31 in Richmond. The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Thomas Merton for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org