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UPDATE Short Fiction in Theory & Practice

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 5:58am
Intellect Press

Short Fiction in Theory and Practice is an interdisciplinary journal celebrating the current resurgence in short-story writing and research. Looking at short fiction from a practice-based perspective, it explores the poetics of short-story writing, adaptation, translation and the place of the short story in global culture.

Conference CFP - Romanticism and Philosophy - Proposals due Sept. 15, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 5:49am
University of Paris and University of Lille, France

Call for papers

Romanticism and Philosophy

An international conference
co-organized by the SERA (Société d'Etude du Romantisme Anglais), by the Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot and the Université Lille 3 – Charles de Gaulle
to be held at Université Lille 3 – Charles-de-Gaulle on 28-29 September 2012

1st Annual Workshop on Integrated Design in Games (Theme:Horror)

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 7:28pm
Dakota State University

The Workshop on Integrated Design in Games is offered in conjunction with Nanocon IX. This year, the conference theme is horror. Integrated design means that all aspects of design come together to create a single experience, unified by a common theme. In relationship to horror games, integrated design means that mechanics, visual art, audio, and narrative converge to allow players to confront and perhaps overcome fear.

This year's keynote speakers are Chris Pruett, architect of famed website Chris' Survival Horror Quest and Senior Games Advocate at Google, and Dr. Bernard Perron, acclaimed scholar of horror games from the University of Montreal.

Prayer and Performance: acts of belief as symbolic communication (1450-1650), April 23-24 2012, Aarhus, Denmark

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 3:42pm
Aarhus University, Denmark

This project seeks to explore aspects of prayer as a performative act in European culture during the late medieval and early modern period, considering these findings in light of the most current theoretical and anthropological perspectives. An intentionally interdisciplinary effort, it will draw together studies of literature, material culture and religious anthropology. The project intends to answer the following questions:

Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 11:34am
Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Poe Studies Association

Conversazioni in Italia:
Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe

Florence, Italy, June 8-10, 2012

Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and the Poe Studies Association

The conference organizers are calling for proposals for papers and panels that discuss Emerson, Hawthorne, or Poe in terms of transatlantic literary culture in their era (for instance, questions of transatlantic travel, influence, slavery, the Civil
War, marketing, reception, and copyright). We also welcome proposals for papers and panels that relate the three authors to each other or to their European contemporaries, as well as proposals focusing on any topic related to Emerson, Hawthorne, or Poe in these contexts.

Forbidden Places and Prohibited Spaces in English Women's Writing (1640-1740) Abstracts due 9/30/2011; NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 10:55am
Andrea Fabrizio and Ruth Garcia / Northeast Modern Language Association

In early modern England, travel has the disruptive potential to alter the female traveler as well as to question, defy, and change the shape, rules, and parameters of her social space. Physical journeys open up opportunities for more impalpable travel, including but not limited to social, political, and internal journeys. As Rosi Braidotti has said, "some of the greatest trips can take place without physically moving from one's habitat. It's the subversion of set conventions that defines the nomadic state, not the literal act of traveling" (Nomadic Subjects, 5). This panel seeks to draw a connection between the physical act of traveling itself and the variety of figurative journeys that ensue because of a woman's movement in the world.

Call for Chapter Proposals: Multidisciplinary Book on Pratchett's Discworld Series

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 3:17pm
Anne Hiebert Alton & William Spruiell

"Noticing the Slanty Bits: Converging on Discworld" (tentative title)

This volume will provide a variety of scholarly perspectives on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Ideally, it will include essays that approach Pratchett's Discworld series, and its adaptations, from a range of fields, such as language and linguistics, literary criticism, political science and law, geography, visual and performance art, popular culture, etc.

We are currently seeking original submissions in the following areas:

CFP: Victorians Special issue on Thackeray

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 1:39pm
Deborah Logan, Editor, Victorians / VCL

Victorians / VCL (formerly Victorian Newsletter) #120, Fall 2011 will be a special edition featuring new work on William Thackeray, in honor of the bicentennial of his birth. Submission deadline: June 30, 2011. Notification deadline: August 30, 2011.

Manuscript submissions: electronic e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word docs), in MLA documentation format.

Please address submissions and/or questions to: -- or --

Performance and Identity: The Music of Lady Gaga [UPDATE]

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 10:56am
Richard Gray, Ph.D. Carson-Newman College

Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is a American pop musician who has taken the world music scene by storm. Her debut album, The Fame, reached number one in the UK, Canada, Austria, Germany and Ireland. In the United States, it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Its first two singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face", became international number-one hits, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The album later earned a total of six Grammy Award nominations. In early 2009, Lady Gaga began her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour.

out of print, the evolution of twentieth-century writing, Friday 16 September 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 5:43am
School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UK

The conference will explore all aspects of the theme to ask: Why are some writers neglected? How can we read the position and problem of writing that is no longer published? What is at stake during the movement from page to other mediums? With the dawn of the kindle, what about the materiality of books, journals, newspapers? Has the role of small imprints changed, and what are the implications of print on demand? What happens at the margins of the printed? Rediscovery of neglected writing, the re-branding of second-hand books as desirable retro objects and an ever increasing number of film and television adaptations bring questions of the legacy and future of twentieth-century writing into ever-sharper focus.

Fictionality Across the Arts and Media, Free University Berlin, 13-15 October

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 2:36am
Friedrich Schlegel School of Literary Studies Free University Berlin

The Annual Conference of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (Freie Universität Berlin) takes place on October 13--15, 2011. The programme committee invites scholars to submit proposals for papers on the topic of fictionality across the arts and media.

Comparative Literature Essays--Deadline JUNE 15

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 1:05am
UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

To submit:

Call for Submissions!

The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural Fall 2011 issue! We are looking for critical articles with subject matter that falls under the wide banner of Comparative Literature, from international literary trends to literary comparisons between two specific cultures to theoretical literary discourse. The (rolling) deadline to submit is June 15, 2011. Any undergraduate is encouraged to apply. Additional information for non-US students is at the bottom of the page.

Submission guidelines:

Symposium On Feminist Methodology 29th – 30th September 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011 - 3:03pm
Centre for Women's Studies and Development, Faculty of Social Science, Banaras Hindu University Varanasi

Centre for Women's Studies and Development,
Faculty of Social Science,
Banaras Hindu University

Feminist Methodology
29th – 30th September 2011

Kiran Barman
Centre for Women's Studies and Development,
Department of Economics
Faculty of Social Science
Banaras Hindu University
Organizing Secretary
Anita Singh
Co- Coordinator
Centre for Women's Studies and Development,
Department of English
Faculty of Arts
Banaras Hindu University

Revenge of the Queers: Ethics and the Politics of Resentment (Abstracts due 9/30; NEMLA 2012)

Friday, May 27, 2011 - 2:22pm
Emily King / NEMLA

From Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?