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La Fontaine: Power of the Fables

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:51pm
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SAMLA 2011 Conference - South Atlantic Modern Language Association - November 4-6, 2011 in Atlanta, GA
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"Au moment que je fais cette moralité, / Si Peau d'âne m'était conté, / J'y prendrais un plaisir extrême [...]", said La Fontaine in "Le Pouvoir des Fables". This special session seeks papers that will explore the pertinence or the connivance of the Lafontainian savoir-faire rhétorique that is concretized in the power of representation/representation of power in the "Fables". Proposals are due by June 15, 2011. Abstracts should be submitted to Max Adrien at hadrien01@gw.hamline.edu.

[UPDATE] Espionage: Love and War. Aphra Behn Society. ASECS March 23-25, 2012

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 1:19pm
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ASECS/Aphra Behn Society
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Spies, allegations of spying, voyeurism, double agents, and the buying, trading, and coveting of intelligence abounds in the work of the former royal spy, Aphra Behn. Both morally dubious and exceptionally effective, spies are deployed, in disguise or in the person of a bosom friend, as a means to win battles of love and war. The Aphra Behn Society invites paper proposals on espionage, in all its permutations, in women's literature and art, 1660-1830. How do the women of this period investigate and participate in various forms of espionage? How do their texts explore the uses of espionage, and anxieties over the potential infiltration of the spy into private spaces, and the communication of intelligence to external or hostile parties?

[Update] Deadline Extended: 2011 M/MLA: No, I'm Not American/Je ne suis pas français: Canadian Writers Playing With Identity

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:55pm
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Mid-West Modern Languages Association Permanent Section on Canadian Literature
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Canadian witers in both French and English have historically been defined by who they are not: British, French, American. This uncertain and unstable national identity has now been embraced by many writers and is expressed in a great deal of playfulness in their writing. With works like Souvenirs from Canada by Douglas Coupland, Est-ce que cette grenade dans la main du Nègre est-il une arme ou un fruit? by Dany Laferrière, or Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, Canadian writers have posed a critical eye on Canadian and American cultural and aesthetic norms. This panel invites papers that discuss how Canadian writers have played with the idea of being Canadian (in the broadest possible sense) in opposition to how others attempt to label them.

But Seriously, Times Are Tough: Comedy in Recession and Depression

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:20pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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In keeping with the informal theme of the 2011 conference of "Play..No Seriously", this session invites papers on the roles of comedy in times of economic distress and financial crisis. While comedy has often been considered as "escapist" art in times of economic calamity, this panel will explore how comic works in literature, film, television, and music function in more serious terms than providing relief from the rigors of economic hardship. Possible avenues of exploration include how comedy can critique or subvert culture or government in a recession or how comedy can reinforce reactionary perspectives during a time of depression. Papers from all time periods and contexts are welcome.

Mother/Nature Conference - March 16-18, 2012 - Hattiesburg, MS

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 11:43am
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University of Southern Mississippi English Graduate Organization

Mother/Nature Conference

March 16-18, 2012
Thad Cochran Center
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. BARBARA GATES

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
John Muir

We live in a time of crisis in our homes and in our natural environment. From hurricanes to oil spills, we are linked to each other through the loss and degradation of regional and national habitats. Our selfhoods and the place we make for ourselves in the world are ultimately rooted in both our biological and ecological families.

Fair Play: Reading Sports ConTexts (MMLA, Nov. 3-6, submission deadline July 11)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 11:08am
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Noah Cohan, Washington University in St. Louis
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53rd Annual M/MLA Convention
November 3-6, 2011
St. Louis, MO
Convention Theme: "Play…No, Seriously"

Fair Play: Reading Sports ConTexts explores the rich semiotic play of sports texts. Temporally, geographically, and disciplinarily flexible, this session is geared toward those interested in the humanistic interpretation of sports texts, attracting work that may have difficulty finding a home on more conventionally-configured panels. Welcoming papers on a broad range of topics, from athletes to fans, from sports fiction to autobiography and nonfiction, from films and televisual texts to interpretations of sporting events themselves as texts, this session is aimed at a broad spectrum of presenters and audiences.

CFP - Justified (FX) Television Reader

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:40am
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Bärbel Göbel, PhD / University of Kansas Brian Michael Faucette/ Coldwell Community College

We are seeking submissions for a collection of essays on the popular and critically acclaimed series Justified (FX). Topics can include but are not limited to the following:

A Child Called It: Analysis of psychological trauma in a child and society

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:09am
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Ap Literature

A Child called it is a book based on true experiences of the author Dave Pelzer. As a child he was physically and mentally abused by his mother. He was singled out from his siblings and things were not what a child in a loving household would go through. The traumatic effect of the abuse marked Pelzer's life. Through a psychological view it is clear that Dave Pelzer's behaviors reflected his situation with his mother.

Spiritualist Manifestos: Writing the Seance (NEMLA, deadline 9/30/2011)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:06am
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Anne DeLong/Kutztown University
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43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Children's Periodical panel at NeMLA

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:34am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Panel: "Fun With a Purpose": Periodical Pedagogy and Early Edutainment

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College

The Ethics of Pleasure in Early Modern Literature and Philosophy (MMLA, Nov. 3-6, 2011)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:28am
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Melissa M. Caldwell
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Reflecting the 2011 MMLA conference theme "Play…No, Seriously," this interdisciplinary panel seeks to bring together scholars interested in examining the value and uses of pleasure in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and philosophy, especially in texts in which the two disciplines intersect. The panel welcomes submissions from the European tradition widely construed and beyond. Submissions might include, but are not limited to, topics on any of the following:

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