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UPDATE: [American] Fame/Infamy and late 19th-/early 20th-century U.S. literature (4/25/08; MMLA 11/13/08-11/16/08)

Monday, April 14, 2008 - 1:48pm
Jeremy Wells

Fame/Infamy and late 19th-/early 20th-century U.S. literature. This
session will explore the ways in which notions of fame and infamy
structure our understandings of U.S. literature of the late 19th and
early 20th centuries, a period that saw the publication of such once (and
perhaps still) scandalous texts as Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, Chopin’s The
Awakening, Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Dickinson’s Poems,
Sinclair’s The Jungle, Dixon’s Reconstruction trilogy, and others. How
do texts from this period represent issues of fame and infamy? How do
the famous/infamous reputations of these texts shape the ways we read and

CFP: [American] MSAX Panel: Modernism and the Postwar South

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 2:16pm
Jordan Dominy

In After Southern Modernism (2000), Matthew Guinn notes that southern writers of the last thirty
years have made a decisive break with the traditions and politics of 1930s Southern Renascence
modernism. They are best understood, he argues, through their discontinuity rather than
continuity with the region and cultures labeled as the South. This description suggests that there
is no transitional moment between Renascence modernism and southern postmodernism. But
what of the intervening postwar generation of Southern writers and intellectuals? Of them, Guinn
says they exhibit “attenuated modernist techniques” that “tenuously” maintain the traditions of
the Renascence.

CFP: [American]

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 12:42pm
Eun-Gwi Chung

>From Global to Glocal: The Future of American Studies
The 43rd Annual International Conference of the American Studies
Association of Korea
October 24-25, 2008
Seoul, Korea

>From Global to Glocal: The Future of American Studies

CFP: [American] Short Moving Images

Monday, April 7, 2008 - 11:30pm
Nicole Richter


The University of Miami is currently accepting submissions for its new peer
reviewed online journal devoted to the study of short moving images. The
journal has been created to construct a scholarly response to recent media
developments in viral videos and forms of “remote controlled viewing.” The
inaugural issue will be coming out on May 15th. Editors and associates of
the journal include Dr. William Rothman, Dr. Christina Lane, and Dr. Sam

We seek submissions on the following topics:

Short films
Music Videos
Video Art
You-tube/Online Videos
T.V. episodes
Readings of a single scene from a longer film.

UPDATE: [American] Female Academic Superstardom (2008 M/MLA)

Monday, April 7, 2008 - 3:32pm
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We have extended our deadline to April 30th, 2008!

The Women's Caucus for the Midwest Modern Languages Association is
inviting 250-word abstracts for a panel entitled "Female Academic
Superstardom." The 50th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language
Association will take place on November 13-16, 2008 in Minneapolis,

This panel will explore female academic superstardom from a variety of
perspectives. Successful abstracts might address one or more of the
following questions:

How does a critic or theorist become an "academostar," a term used to
describe a high-profile academic in a 2001 special issue of The Minnesota
Review devoted to academic superstardom?

CFP: [American] MSA X-"Modernism and Global Media"

Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 9:32pm
Derrick R. Spires

MSA X: Call for Panel and Roundtable Proposals
Deadline for Submission of Panel Proposals: May 12, 2008
Deadline for Submission of Roundtable Proposals: May 12, 2008
The 2008 meeting of the Modernist Studies Association will take place at the
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, November 13-16, 2008. The
organization’s annual conference regularly brings together in excess of 500
scholars from a variety of disciplines and features an engaging mix of
keynote addresses, small seminars, panel presentations, and roundtable
discussions. This year’s event, “Modernism and Global Media,” will be
hosted by Vanderbilt University with generous financial support provided by

CFP: [American] Modernisms and Visual Narrative (5/1/08; MSA 2008, 11/13/08-11/16/08)

Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 8:16pm
Elizabeth Dyrud Lyman

Modernisms and Visual Narrative
Techniques and effects in visual narratives that rely partly or wholly on
images: drawings, paintings, markings, diagrams, sketches, maps,
symbols. Any genre.
- Creation
- Transformation
- Realization
- Adaptation
- Publication
- Misappropriation

Please send one-page abstract and brief bio to Elizabeth Lyman at by May 1.