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Potterwatch 2011: Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences (April 9, 2011)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 10:59am
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Potterwatch of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences
the 2011 PotterWatch Conference at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
April 9, 2011
Charlotte, NC
Call for Papers

The Harry Potter series has been translated into more than 60 languages, inspired a multi-million dollar theme park, and prompted the creation of an "International Quidditch Association" comprised of hundreds of teams. What began as a British children's book became an international best-selling series. Much of the success of the novels can be attributed to crossover appeal—how Harry is loved by audiences of a variety of ages, genders, and religions. How do the books speak to so many different, sometimes opposing, audiences? Why do we love Harry so much?

CFP: Journal - Monsters and the Monstrous

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 10:03am
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Dr Rob Fisher/The Inter-Disciplinary Press

The Inter-Disciplinary Press
Global Interdisciplinary Research Studies

The Journal of Monsters and the Monstrous
ISSN: 1756-770X

Monsters and the Monstrous is a biannual peer reviewed global journal that serves to explore the broad concept of "The Monster" and "The Monstrous" from a multifaceted inter-disciplinary perspective. The journal publishes work that seeks to investigate and assess the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the journal will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific 'monsters' as well as evaluating the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as 'monstrous'.

CFP: Special Issue on "Transgressive Auto/Biography": 15 April 2011

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:43am
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Michael Matthew Kaylor / Masaryk University
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Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Transgressive Auto/Biography"

We are announcing that, in autumn 2011, a special issue of Brno Studies in
English – the international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the
Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk
University, Brno, Czech Republic – will be devoted to "Transgressive
Auto/Biography."

Haunted Travel Writings

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:40am
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MLA Special Session

We seek papers dealing with "haunted" aspects of travel writing, from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics can include literal or metaphorical haunting, such as an author's interaction with a foreign land/people/religions, the negative impression left by travel to a foreign land, the idea of the haunted mind (i.e. the troubled artist abroad), travel as escape, cursed foreign relics brought back to a native land, fantastic experiences with the unknown world, unidentifiable beings in movement, or the "troubled" persistence of memory. Please send an abstract (300 words maximum) and brief CV by 21 March 2011.

Special Issue on Transgressive Auto/Biography: 15 April 2011

updated: 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 6:44am
full name / name of organization: 
Michael Matthew Kaylor / Masaryk University
contact email: 

Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Transgressive Auto/Biography"

We are announcing that, in autumn 2011, a special issue of Brno Studies in
English – the international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the
Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk
University, Brno, Czech Republic – will be devoted to "Transgressive
Auto/Biography."

RMMLA -- Canadian Literature and Film in English, deadline extended

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 2:04am
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

200 word proposals are solicited on any aspect of English Canadian literature and film for presentation at the RMMLA conference in Scottsdale, AZ, October 5-6, 2011.

The deadline has been extended past the March 1, 2011 submission date: please submit to me directly as soon as possible.

Gender and Voice

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 1:14am
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Dorothy Kim/ Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
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This session will consider how gender fits into the construction of the medieval voice. These voices can be oral or written voices; voices of authority; voices of dissent; musical voices; multilingual voices; marginal voices; animal voices; disembodied voices; bodily noise; heavenly voices, voices from hell. Due March 15 to Dorothy Kim (dokim@vassar.edu).

Gender and Literary Form

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 1:13am
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Dorothy Kim/ Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
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This session is interested in examining the theoretical as well as the historical scope of gender and literary form. Papers may wish to consider French theory's interest in gender, genus, genre in relation to the nuances of shifting and flexible literary forms in medieval literature. These include the letter, romance, histories, the saint's life, allegory, lyric, drama, animal tale, lai, ballad, sermon, miracle, travelogue, etc. Due March 20 to Dorothy Kim (dokim@vassar.edu).

MLA 2012: Pfaff's and the New York Saturday Press (3/15 deadline, Proposed Special Session)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 12:24am
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Leif Eckstrom
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This panel seeks papers that expand our understanding of antebellum literary history via the relatively uncharted productions of Henry Clapp and his bohemian contributors to The New York Saturday Press:

*Pfaff's and the New-York Saturday Press*
Open session on bohemian Saturday Press and the genres and writers, scandals and crises, scenes and markets that suggest new perspectives on antebellum literary production. Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to Leif.Eckstrom@tufts.edu by 15 March 2011.

The Beats and Modernism at MSA 2011

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 10:27pm
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Jimmy Fazzino / University of California, Santa Cruz
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The Beats and Modernism

Modernist Studies Association Conference, Buffalo, NY, October 6-9, 2011

I visited Père Lachaise to look for the remains of Apollinaire...
—Allen Ginsberg

The Beat movement can be situated within a number of US, Western, and world traditions. One of the most immediate, yet often overlooked, of these Beat contexts is modernism. This panel seeks to explore the manifold ways in which Beat writing is shaped by, responds to, contests, and transforms modernist legacies. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief professional bio (2-3 sentences) to Jimmy Fazzino at jfazzino@ucsc.edu by April 10, 2011.

NEW JOURNAL - The Hare

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 9:35pm
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Jeremy Lopez, Paul Menzer - The Hare

The editors are pleased to announce the creation of a new journal, THE HARE, publishing scholarly essays and reviews pertaining to the dramatic, poetic, and prose works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. THE HARE will be published three times per year (March, July, and November) beginning in 2012. We are now accepting submissions for Volume 1.

THE HARE will be published in an on-line format and hosted by the the Mary Baldwin College Shakespeare and Performance Program. The general editors are Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin College) and Jeremy Lopez (University of Toronto).

Call for essays: The Centennial Reader (31 March 2011)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:42pm
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Mount Royal University

We invite submissions for the second issue of The Centennial Reader. Essays can be on any topic of interest to an informed, Canadian audience.

As part of its centennial celebrations during 2010‐2011, Mount Royal University began an online, peer‐reviewed database of essays to offer a publication forum for intellectual discussion for Canadian writers. The Mount Royal Centennial Reader straddles both worlds: the academic world and the popular publication world. Submissions should therefore apply intellectual thought to topical concerns, offered in an entertaining and popular way.

Hannah Arendt and Innovations in Modern American Literature (MSA 13 Oct. 6- 9, 2011)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 5:36pm
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Modernist Studies Association Conference

Hannah Arendt's body of work has grappled with many issues now characterized as distinctly modern: life politics, humanism, states of exception, human rights, and identity politics. In 1941 she moved to the United States and her political theory has left a lasting impression on not only American philosophy and politics but on other cultural productions, including literature. This panel seeks papers that engage any aspect of Arendt's political theories and their circulation—either directly or indirectly—in modern American literature and culture.

Please submit a 300-word abstract by April 1, 2011 to karen.weingarten@qc.cuny.edu.

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