James E. Portar states, "not infrequently books speak of books. Not infrequently, and perhaps ever always, texts refer to other texts and in fact rely on them for their meaning." In my paper, I wish to explore intertextuality—how writers draw ceaselessly from the past, highlighting the transience and fragility in their own narrative, and how the mere rendering in two stories of analogous setting, characters, and plot, can change meanings inexorably. Specifically, I will analyze Shakespeare's "The Tempest" alongside its 21st century counterpart "Eastwords" by Kalyan Ray.
Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature (Abstracts due June 1, 2012).
Vampires are showing up with increasing frequency in the college classroom, and there are emerging an increasing number of courses solely devoted to the Undead. This edited volume intends to offer pedagogical tools for those who teach—and who would like to teach—vampire literature. The collection aspires to draw from a diverse range of teaching approaches, ranging from theoretical framing of vampire literature to teaching vampire literature in the writing classroom.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
BHAGVAD-GITA; Anthology of Essays; June 30, 2012.
Contributions are invited from scholars and writers from any discipline across the world for an Anthology of Essays on BHAGVAD-GITA to be published this year by an Indian publisher of international repute. The essays must focus on the contemporary relevance of the philosophical thought contained in this time-honoured text. The essays may include the following issues, but may take up other significant issues as well:
CFP for PAMLA 2012 Conference, "Migration, Immigration, and Movement" (Seattle, 10/19-21); Special Session in American Literature/Film
DEADLINE for abstracts: August 31, 2012
We welcome proposals dealing with aspects of family and kinship in a US-American context. Please go to our web page for a detailed CfP.
Everyday objects are increasingly being animated by performers in contemporary theatre, community arts and puppet shows but very little has been written about object theatre as a separate discipline. This issue of the Puppet Notebook will provide a platform for discussion about what object theatre is, its relationship to puppetry and its history.
Do you tattoo? Are tattoos body art? Rebellion? Personal expression? Decadence? Reminiscence? Invitation to look? Disguise? This session invites discussion of tattoos, their meanings, their creation, their role/s in our lives. Share your knowledge, tattoos, and techniques.
Romantic Circles Pedagogies invites submissions for a special volume on translation theory in the classroom. Possible topics include:
The MAPACA television area seeks to investigate the relationship between television and our lives. How do we define our culture, relationships, and our self-knowledge according to the images and structure provided by the medium of television? Are we being provided rigorous information to help the individual be a productive citizen in a society? Have we been socialized, at least in part by television, to be merely consumers? Is television's role to challenge or pacify? What is reality and fiction? Can we expect programming which examines the issues of our complex lives; or must information be made reductive in order to appeal to an average? How does television represent or modify economic, institutional, and cultural norms?
Despite many of the covers that picture chicks in black leather with tramp stamps, urban fantasy as a best-selling genre is much more complex than just unicorns in a big city. With authors like Anita Black, Jim Butcher, and Kim Harrison, urban fantasy accounts for a large number of fantasy titles sold. Through examination of various aspects of the genre of urban fantasy, this book will open a dialogue that encourages thoughtful definitions. Essays for this collection can cover the genre as a whole, themes, characteristics, and/or specific authors. This collection is intended for publication in the McFarland Press series on critical studies in science fiction and fantasy and is intended for a broad audience.
The area of Sexuality and Erotica invites papers that address any aspect of human sexual experience and erotica in any form (literary, artistic -- visual, musical, dance, theatrical, photographic). Topics include, but are not limited to:
*Sexuality in art—values, expectations and implications
*Sociological, cultural and/or political implications of sexual attitudes in American culture
*Beliefs and practices of specific ethnic, religious and/or cultural groups
*Sex negativity/sex positivity, acceptance/rejection
*Education about sexuality
*Non-normative sexual practices and their representation in popular culture
*Erotica, pornography and definitions
Abstracts due June 15, 2012
CFP for international conference on images, space, and acts of "seeing": The Nomadikon Centre, University of Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA invite paper proposals for the 6th Nomadikon Meeting: "Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images." The Conference will be held Sept. 27-29, 2012 on The College St. Rose campus in Albany, New York. The conference theme reflects an overall interest in the process of seeing itself, with "seeing" suggesting but certainly not limited to physical sight, but inclusive of an embodied "seeing." The conference is interdisciplinary and invites papers on film, painting, photography, performance, music, material culture, and literature.
We welcome submissions for presentations and panels relating to theatre, dance, and performance in popular culture, including theatrical productions; dramatic text and playwriting; modes of performance; actors and acting; theatre and dance history; non-traditional performance; political theatre; and performance as seen in ritual and everyday life.
The Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAPACA) is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multidisciplinary manifestations. We welcome proposals for presentations and panel discussions from established academics and scholars, graduate students in the field, or independent scholars.
The various intersections of poetry, one of the oldest art forms, and film, one of the newest art forms, highlight the relevance of poetry in the modern world. Poetry has been considered in film in many ways: the use of poetry through biopics of poets (ancient to contemporary), studies of particular directors who make widespread use of poetry in their films (e.g., Woody Allen), specific poems/poets that feature frequently in films, a specific poem that drives a specific film (e.g. Splendor in the Grass), poetry films/poetic cinema etc. All treatments of this topic are welcome.