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Anger in Women's Fiction - MLA 2013 - Extended Deadline: March 26

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:45pm
Caroline Godart / Rutgers University

This panel will focus on anger in twentieth and twenty-first-century fictional works by women writers both within and beyond the English-speaking world.

Contempt for women's anger has been a longtime companion to misogyny, making the expression of rage on women's part a particularly radical gesture. Further, women's texts that rely systematically on anger are quite rare and often exist at the margins of literature. Those that do become canonical, like the works of Elfriede Jelinek and Annie Ernaux, remain profoundly disturbing as their excessive and destructive force proves to be uncontainable by their status as established literature.

Beloved Allegory: Spenser After C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:38pm
The Sixteenth-Century Studies Society and Conference

The Allegory of Love, first published in 1936, revolutionized the reading of The Faerie Queene. Lewis's learning, the brilliance of his style, and above all the absolute seriousness with which he took the poem gave an impetus to Spenser studies from which we all continue to benefit. Or do we? According to Paul Alpers, Lewis left "a mixed heritage to Spenser criticism". Is Lewis's uncompromising moralism a drawback to his his work? Or is it an essential part of treating Spenser, to quote Alpers again, "as a living poet"? This panel aims to consider the value, cost, and future of Lewis's influence. Some questions we might consider are: 1) how radical was Lewis's reading? 2) How far is he still taken seriously today?

"Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities" - abstracts by April 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:21pm
Pia Mukherji & Binita Mehta

This edited volume will examine drawn comic strips (bandes dessinées) as they relate to postcolonialism in contemporary Anglophone and Francophone diasporic cultures. The "comics exceptionalism" (Petersen) of current scholarship in Anglo-American, Japanese, or European traditions miss how contemporary "ninth art" production in postcolonial contexts record historical critique, political action, or emergent transnational narratives of trauma, gender, revolution, and global trafficking. Some helpful critical frames: Comics and the production of postmodern identities, the place of comics within global political communities, transnational comics and new visual technologies.

[UPDATE] George Perkins Marsh: An American for All Seasons (May 4-5, 2012)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 9:51am
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken NJ

The College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology is pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming conference celebrating the insights and achievements of George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882), environmentalist, diplomat, philosopher, and scholar, to be held on our scenic campus 4-5 May 2012. A volume of conference proceedings will be printed following the conference.

Please note the CFP deadline is 15 March 2012. For more information about submissions or to attend the conference, please visit our ever-evolving conference website:

PAMLA 2012 / Science Fiction Division / Deadline April 22nd, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 4:32am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Science Fiction Division of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association invites paper proposals for the 110th annual PAMLA conference, held this year at Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington from October 19th – 21st, 2012.

All abstracts proposing original science fiction scholarship will receive full consideration.

To propose a paper, please follow this link and use the Online Proposal Submission Form, which will help guide your paper title, abstract, and proposal (of no more than 500 words) to the Science Fiction Division by the April 22nd deadline:


Director Spotlight: Orson Welles (Pitch Deadline: 3/30/2012)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:15am

Pitch Deadline: 30 March 2012
Final Deadline: 4 May 2012

Contact: Calum Marsh, Jordan Cronk and Sarah Zupko


Over the course of a week-long special feature, PopMatters is excited to offer a new venue for film scholars, historians, critics, and social theorists of any stripe to reexamine the legacy of one of the American cinema's most iconic but divisive masters, Orson Welles.

The Challenges of Late Modernism [UPDATE] - deadline extended 20 MARCH

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 2:46am
MSA 14: Modernism and Spectacle (Las Vegas, Oct 18-21 2012)

This proposed panel seeks to examine the phenomenon of late modernism - is there such a thing, and how do we define it? Is it an analytically useful concept or should we think of another way of categorizing literature written after high modernism. Are there particular technological, social or political values that underpin late modernist writing? Can the concept of late modernism be extended beyond the Anglo-American world? Papers looking at either late modernism in a theoretical perspective or evaluations of individual late modernist authors are encouraged.

Please send a proposal (300 words) and a brief bio by 20 March to

Trash Told Tales: Trash Talkin' from Whitetrashistan

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 1:49am
Vicki Sapp and WIlliam Matthew McCarter / Fat Daddy's Farm

Fat Daddy's Farm Press has partnered with Vicki Sapp and William Matthew McCarter (Editors) to bring you Trash Told Tales: Trash Talkin' from Whitetrashistan. The editors are requesting short fiction, poetry, plays, or creative non-fiction, and various types of artwork, for an anthology of white trash literature.

It is the mission of Fat Daddy's Farm Press ( to publish marginalized voices – narratives that fall through the cracks of the dominant discourse – and we feel that this topic deserves some serious consideration.

From the Editors:

Spectacular Language and Projected Verse (4 April; MSA Las Vegas, 18 October 2012)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:02am
Mike Chasar/Willamette University

Panel seeking papers on spectacular forms of language and poetry during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries in American or European contexts. We are especially interested in work that addresses the intersection of language, literature, and technology in the public or entertainment spheres. How, for example, does the development of proto-cinematic projection devices, cinematic technology, and now digital technology affect the way we encounter and experience language? Are only commercial forms of language broadcast in illuminated fashion to the public, or have there been literary instances of such "projected verse," thus putting a spin on Charles Olson's phrase (or setting it reeling)?

[UPDATE] Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 10:51pm
Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

Under Western Eyes: East Asia in Anglophone Fiction (Special Session proposal for MLA 2013 Boston, MA)

Increasingly important to the world economy as an engine of growth, the dynamic region of East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea) has for decades figured prominently in world media for its critical geopolitical position. But how has East Asia's emergence onto the world stage been reflected in English-language literature? This panel invites papers on recent (20th-century) Anglophone fiction set in East Asia; please send abstract of 1-2 pp along with a current c.v. to Mary Goodwin ( by 15 March 2012.

[UPDATE] Dark Matter: Science Fiction of Black America, October 19-21, PAMLA, Seattle University

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 6:29pm
Lysa Rivera

Following Sheree Thomas's collection Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (2000), the academy has witnessed widespread critical interest in African American science fiction. This panel extends this critical interest by presenting new scholarship on African American science fiction. We welcome work on any U.S. historical period, and are especially eager to include papers that focus on texts produced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Proposal deadline is APRIL 22.

Direct any inquiries to Lysa Rivera at

The Spectacle of the Archive: Uncovering "Lost" Modernist Magazines (MSA Las Vegas 2012)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 6:06pm
Belinda Wheeler

Periodical culture has changed the way scholars view literary magazines from the modernist period. Various books on these "little" magazines, such as Suzanne Churchill's The Little Magazine Others and the Renovation of Modern American Poetry and Harold J. Salemson's Tambour: Volumes 1-8 Facsimile Edition have reminded us of the critical importance of understudied journals. Recent studies have also examined overlooked sections within "canonical" little magazines, such as letters to the editor, advertisements, book reviews. This roundtable seeks to bring together scholars who are working on either understudied literary magazines from the modernist period or an understudied section within a "canonical" modernist magazine.

Women in Literature (Deadline: April 22nd)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 5:15pm
Hannele Kivinen / PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

We are currently accepting proposals for PAMLA's annual "Women in Literature" panel. This year's conference will be held in Seattle, Washington from Oct 19th - 21st, 2012. As the subject is a rather broad one, a range of scholarly perspectives will be welcomed. Potential topics might include, but are by no means limited to: