In their introduction to surface reading, Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best find in nineteenth-century American literature an analog to describe their method: "As Poe's story 'The Purloined Letter' continues to teach us," they write, "what lies in plain sight is worthy of attention but often eludes observation." Of perhaps of more immediate relevance to the members of C19, for Russ Castronovo, in his recent J19 essay "Occupy Bartleby," Occupy Wall Street's appropriation of "Bartleby, the Scrivener" invites a series of meditations on the transtemporal unsettlings of Melville's powerful story, the differences between professional criticism and public reading practices, and whether or not the public's commitment to reading Melville analogically unsettles critiq
White Buildings at 90: Revisiting the Art of the (Post)Modern Poetry Collection (Panel)
The editorial team at Studies in the Novel is seeking content for its online archive of indexed teaching tools on the journal's affiliate website. I am seeking pedagogical content that addresses teaching novels using digital humanities tools/perspective. Please consider submitting sample course syllabi, specific assignments, short narrative descriptions of your own experiences, or other appropriate content.
How are advisers best prepared to work with graduate students? How can we prepare graduate students to be, to borrow Leonard Cassuto's language, "the CEOs of their own graduate education"? What personal, professional, and institutional shifts are required to ensure that graduate students aren't infantilized and demoralized, but instead are professionalized and empowered, and ultimately prepared for diverse careers? This roundtable invites papers from graduate students and their mentors that propose answers to these and other related questions.
Exploring the Erotic: Bodies, Desires, Practices
10th Global Meeting
Call for Presentations 2016
Thursday 21st January – Saturday 23rd January 2016
London, United Kingdom
Traces of the erotic are all around us, embodied in images, music, advertising, stories, inter-personal interactions, dreams and desires. Whether expressed in symbolic or literal form, the erotic has captured human imagination across time and cultures, shaping our understanding and experience of pleasure and intimacy along the way. While there is no denying that the erotic has an irresistible appeal, it is also viewed as a taboo to be suppressed or hidden.
This panel investigates the contemporary meaning of gender and class in film and literature in the United States. While authors such as Sheryl Sandberg and Hannah Rosin focus on women in the professional ranks to argue for women's prominence in U.S. culture and stories of professional women dominate the media, few stories of working-class women have emerged to challenge the symbolic dominance of the white male worker and breadwinner. As work, families, and genders have changed, how has this symbolism been reinforced or challenged in literature and film?
The rise of the modern museum was (and remains) a global event that resonates across literary cultures. Germain Bazin termed the nineteenth century the "Museum Age" for the myriad ways the new phenomenon of the public museum redefined the social status of art. This session investigates how this development was received by nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglophone authors writing during and immediately following the rise of the modern museum.
CALL FOR PAPERS, PROPOSALS AND CREATIVE WORK
Responsibility, Morality and The Costs of War:
PTSD, Moral Injury and Beyond
Deadline: August 3, 2015
Symposium, Exhibition and Performances
November 12-14, 2015
This symposium is a three-day interdisciplinary event that speaks to key issues facing our nation today: namely the challenges that confront veterans from the numerous, ongoing sites of combat and conflict around the globe. The symposium will include panel discussions by a range of scholars, artists, and veterans, keynote lectures, an art installation, an exhibition, a film screening, a short film exhibition, a solo performance, and a staged reading of a new play.
This panel means to investigate the entangled relationship of modern and contemporary American poetry and ecology. Referencing Rey Chow's notion of entanglement, i.e., a "condition of overlapping recurrences," the panel seeks to analyze the points of recursive coincidence that ensue between cultural manifestations, poetic production, and environmental thinking. Entanglement points to associations of spatial proximity, of overlaying, but also of resistance and tension between phenomena. It thus brings occurrences together through affinity and disjunction alike and offers a powerful paradigm to think about mediation in relation to complex networks and loop interactions.
Want to get started on a digital American studies project? We may be able to help!
At this year's American Studies Association annual meeting in Toronto, the Digital Humanities Caucus would like to help you get started on a digital project by offering one-hour consultations with experienced digital humanities practitioners. We'll hold these consultations from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, in the conference hotel.
We can think your idea through with you, suggest useful tools and resources, and give you some suggestions about where you might go next.