The postmodern god figure has been a staple of postmodern art at the very least since John Barth published Lost in the Funhouse, in which the god figure, both author and father, was simultaneously characterized as asleep, malevolent, kind, and/or insane. As this figure has penetrated popular culture, s/he has become more and more linked to investigations of gender and sexuality. These "god" figures strive to control the lives of others (e.g. Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, Tyler Durden in Fight Club, Kaiser Soze in The Usual Suspects). These puppet masters often work behind the scenes, exploiting the margins of society for either personal or social gain.
In terms of simple chronology, Alfred Hitchock's films span the Modernist era up through the beginning of the postmodern era. While Hitchcock's works have understandably been examined in terms of their connections to/reflections of Modernist culture and/or aesthetics (e.g., Spellbound's use of surrealism, his films' fascination with Modernist technological progress, the influence of Freud, etc.), his later films, especially, would seem to lend themselves to an analysis informed by postmodern theoretical approaches to film and to culture.
Area: The Geek and Popular Culture
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (Southwest PCA/ACA) Conference
Join us for the 37th annual conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, February 10-13, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico. http://www.southwestpca.org
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2015
The Geek and Popular Culture: A Love/Hate Relationship
The conference theme covers issues relating to gender with special emphasis on how language and culture defines, affects, influences, shapes and visualises gender in a wide spectrum ranging from the individual to the communal across an array of disciplines. Being ideologically, politically and socially constructed, language, culture and gender all intersect at some point. And it is this intersection that we wish to explore comparatively from varying perspectives. Concerned with the HOW and WHY's the aim of the conference is to analyse the content of gender within the very bones of language and culture.
Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
Clemson University Press is pleased to invite essay submissions of approximately 7,000 words to the T. S. Eliot Studies Annual. For the full list of the Annual's editorial advisory board or for the latest updates, please refer to facebook.com/tseannual. For specific questions, or to submit an essay for consideration, please contact John Morgenstern, general editor, at email@example.com. Submissions should be styled according to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) and follow Merriam-Webster's current edition for spelling. All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words and be received by December 1, 2015 for consideration in the first volume.
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers will host two panels at the American Literature Association Conference (May 2016, San Francisco). The two ALA panels aim to present the varied ways in which women, as critics, dramatists, educators, essayists, journalists, oral storytellers, poets, novelists, short story writers, and practitioners of both older and emerging forms, invent and reinvent the American literary and cultural landscape. This year's panels will both take up the theme of transnationalism.
Panel 1: Transnational Approaches to Early American to 19C American Women Writers
Panel 2: Transnational Approaches to 20C to 21C American Women Writers
Call for Papers for the 7th Biennial NEXUS Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
When: Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, March 5, 2016
Plenary Speakers: Dr. Malea Powell (Michigan State University), Dr. Andrea Kitta (East Carolina University), and Dr. Dorothea Lasky (Columbia School of the Arts)
Website: http://web.utk.edu/~nexus/ (Try Alt+Shift when visiting!)
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference
March 17-20, 2016 -- Harvard University
When Horace Engdahl, permanent secretary of the Nobel prize jury, proclaimed in 2008 that "The US is too isolated, too insular. They … don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature," many understood Engdahl to be chastising Philip Roth in particular, a leading contender in Nobel Prize discussions, who, despite his international appeal, has been perennially overlooked by the prize jury. To the contrary, translations of Roth's work are available in languages as diverse as Mandarin, Romanian, and Arabic, to name only a few. In his novels, Roth dialogues with such artists as Shakespeare, Chekhov, Edna O'Brien, Milan Kundera, El Greco and Jasper Johns. However, Roth's relevance for comparative studies is not limited to these exchanges.
Call for Papers: Film Adaptation/PCA/ACA (Seattle, WA March 22-25, 2016)
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.
For Conference details go to: http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/
Deadline for proposal submissions is October 1. All paper topics will be considered.
To be considered, please submit an abstract online of no more than 250 words to:
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