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SSSL at MLA 2017, "Straddling the Dividing Line: Reconsidering the Civil War"

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 5:50pm
Katharine A. Burnett, Fisk University

In Quentin Tarantino's neo-Western, The Hateful Eight (2015), a British hangman [Tim Roth] settles a dispute between Union and Confederate veterans stranded together in a remote tavern during a Wyoming blizzard by drawing a line down the middle of the room: one side is the South and the other is the North. The ploy fails, as regional schema often do. For all of the insistence on boundaries, the movie and its characters find themselves straddling the dividing line.

Quarterly Horse: A Journal of [brief] American Studies

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 3:41pm
Quarterly Horse / Rocky Mountain American Studies Association

We are happy to announce the pending launch of Quarterly Horse: A Journal of [brief] American Studies (

The first online "printing" will be released November 2016 with a celebration at the American Studies Association conference in Denver. With an editorial staff now in place, the journal is currently seeking submissions. Essays will be accepted through our online submission management system (see

Faulkner and World Literature (March 15, 2016) - MLA 2017

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 3:38pm
William Faulkner Society

The William Faulkner Society is planning a panel for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia that will focus on Faulkner in the context of world literature. The expansive scope is designed to reveal a range of possibilities for reading Faulkner individually or in comparison to other figures. Papers topics might include but are not limited to the following:

Space, Place, and Belonging

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 2:47pm
Textual Overtures Graduate Journal

In the preface to Borderlands, Gloria Anzaldúa declares: "I am a border woman." As simple as it sounds, this statement suggests the individual's agency in the social and cultural production of personal identity as it boldly rejects to acknowledge the power of the state in the process.

Affect and its Boundaries - MLA 2017

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 1:46pm
Douglas Dowland

To theorize affect is to theorize boundaries: that is, to realize and negotiate between vocabularies and cultures with overlapping and competing taxonomies. As Jonathan Flatley writes in Affective Mapping, "The vocabulary of affect can be confusing, in part because there are many terms—affect, emotion, feeling, passion, mood—and a long history of debate not only about which terms are the right ones and how to distinguish between them, but about what they mean in the first place. And while there is a great deal of excellent recent work on affect in several disciplines....this does not mean that a general consensus, or even a common conversation, has emerged" (12).

Call for Proposals (March 11, 2016): Collection of scholarly essays titled Critical Insights: Flash Fiction

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 11:10am
Grey House Publishing / Eds. Michael Cocchiarale (Widener University) and Scott D. Emmert (University of Wisconsin—Fox Valley)

Although the term is fairly recent, flash fiction—-extremely short narratives typically less than 1000 words—-is not especially new. Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Yasunari Kawabata, Isaac Babel, and Franz Kafka all wrote provocative fiction that we now label as flash. However, in the past thirty years or so, these short short stories have been all the rage. Anthologies of flash fiction abound, their pages filled with such literary giants as Robert Coover, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Updike, as well as other lesser-known but extremely influential practitioners such Pamela Painter and Michael Martone.

The Modern Body 1830-Present, 3rd June 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 5:21am
University of York, Centre for Modern Studies

When Henry David Thoreau writes that: 'We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones', he attests how the body and expression are intrinsically linked. Bodies become not only a central subject, but a way in which we see and talk about other things. Bodies are not only created, but perform, communicate and create.

Movements & Migrancies (April 27-28, 2016) [UPDATE] [EXTENDED DEADLINE]

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 4:43am
University of Toronto, Department of English, Graduate English Association

[There] are lines of articulation or segmentarity, strata and territories; but also lines of flight, movements of deterritorialization and destratification.
—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

standing on the map of my political desires
I toast to a borderless future

—Guillermo Gómez-Peña, "Freefalling Toward a Borderless Future"