The Citizen-Subject Revisited
A two-day conference on Dreams in Legend and Tradition will be held on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2011 as the sixth Legendary Weekend of the Folklore Society in the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham, Norfolk, UK - home of the most famous dreamer of them all. We'd like to hear from anyone who can attend and present a paper. Presentations, which should be 20 minutes long, can take the form of talks, performances, or DVD. We'd welcome papers on prophecy, divination, healing and philosophy including folk religion, the gendered supernatural, magical resistance and the clash of disparate dream cultures. If you would like to attend or to present a paper or performance, please contact:
Call for Papers: Upcoming Special issue
Women's Fiction, New Modernist Studies, and Feminism
Editor: Anne Fernald
Deadline for Submission: 1 March 2012
Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork by children ages 6-14. We are looking for written works on any topic, 1500 words or fewer. Launch Pad encourages young artists to submit samples of their artwork to be considered as an illustrator. Launch Pad creates unique and original publications by assigning written works accepted for publication to young artists to illustrate.
Too often, students of medieval English literature unnecessarily categorize Old and Middle English as completely disconnected, highlighting Beowulf and Chaucer as the exemplary markers, with little in between. This panel seeks instead to explore moments of interaction across the spectrum of earlier and later medieval English literature. Examples may include parallel literary forms, English identities, linguistic developments, and the ways that they interact with historical, religious, and social frameworks.
Alone Together/Together Alone
16th Annual UCLA Graduate Student Conference October 6-7 2011 With Keynote Speaker Tom Conley (Harvard)
"Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies." Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Basic Books, 2011)
Human-Animal Relationships in Literature in the Nineteenth Century
Call for Papers: VICTORIANS INSTITUTE CONFERENCE
Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future
October 21-22, 2011, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
When William Makepeace Thackeray included pictorial initials and drawings in his 1847 novel Vanity Fair, the author could hardly have anticipated the text's adaptive afterlife in contemporary cinema. While scholars from Stam to Elliott have framed various approaches to the novel/film debate, scholarly attention towards the burgeoning genre of the Victorian cinematic novel has been underexplored. The recent tide of Victorian films, including Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and Fukunaga's Jane Eyre have offered modern viewers a cinematic privileging of canonic novels.
Where is nature in modernism? From Woolf's "Kew Gardens" to Eliot's The Waste Land, Modernist authors privileged the nature motif in their works. Literary critics have historically aligned Modernism with the urban and commercial growth of the industrial era, even though many authors—such as Cather and Keats—privileged literary ecologies. This panel will explore readings of the nature motif in Modernist novels and poems. We will begin by asking how Modernism's literary heritage—the genres of Romanticism, Victorian, Transcendentalism and Naturalism—affected the Modernist positioning of nature and ecology.
Studies of British modernism often tend to orient themselves around questions of urbanity, cosmopolitanism, and globalism, reflecting the shifting cultural and geographical location of Britishness in the twentieth century. But many novelists and poets continued to take inspiration from the natural environment of the British homeland, and this panel asks what alternative modernisms can emerge from their writing, and how they can contribute to current environmental and literary discourse. What is the role of spaces of retreat or repose in modernism, or the importance of the local and the rural? What is the dynamic between experimentation and conservation in the modernist aesthetic?
Textus: English Studies in Italy No. 3 – 2012: Gothic Frontiers
Editors: Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia) and Glennis Byron (University of Stirling)
This issue of Textus aims to showcase and provide further space for debate and discussion to researchers engaged in exploring, testing and redrawing the expansive frontiers of gothic and its multiple, evolving discourses.
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Women's Studies session invites papers that explore the 2011 conference theme, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World," and its connection to Women's Studies, broadly defined. Presentations may address, among other topics, poetry in the Women's Studies classroom, poetry as feminist intervention, poetry and the construction/exploration of gender, and any other topics exploring intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in light of the conference theme. Additionally, proposals on any other aspect of women's and/or gender studies and its intersections with pedagogy, literature, rhetoric and composition will be considered if there are not enough proposals focused on the conference theme.
Panel for the 2012 NeMLA Conference in Rochester, NY (March 15-18, 2012):