According to the OED, the word tourism enters the English lexicon at the dawn of the nineteenth century, thus institutionalizing the notion that travel is a necessary component of personal development. As crowds of earnest bourgeois travelers displaced the solitary young aristocrat on the Grand Tour a vast body of literature concerned with both mundane and exalted facets of foreign places cropped up to fulfill a new set of needs. Owing to the diversity of places to which individuals traveled and the many different reasons for doing so, these needs were diverse and multiform.
This year's 87th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) brings together scholars in literatures, languages, and rhetorics from all over the world. The theme this year is "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts."
Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies One-Day Conference
12 March 2016
Durham University, UK
Keynote Address: Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Canada)
Basin City, Caprica City, Coruscant, Gotham City, Mega-City One, Metropolis, Nos Astra, the Sprawl, and so on—SFF teems with iconic urban environments. These cities serve as geographical backdrops, but also provide, as Vivian Sobchack has argued, the "premises for the possibilities and trajectory of narrative action." Yet while Sobchack claims that representations of fantastic urban spaces depict "the failure of modernism's aspirations in images that speak of urban exhaustion, postmodern exhilaration, and millennial vertigo," in SFF, cities also embody unlimited possibilities, transcultural ideals, and utopian dreams. Cities thus function both as beacons of progress and freedom and as harbingers of decay and destruction.
Keeping with the conference theme of Literature and the Other Arts, The Eudora Welty Society invites papers that explore multimodality and interdisciplinary collaboration within the works of Eudora Welty. What elements in Welty's fiction, essays, or photography connect to her contemporary moment or a timeless part of human nature? Examples might concern the role of and engagement with politics, jazz and the blues, newspaper and magazine, television and film, translation of oral fairy tales into a written medium or Welty's Robber Bridegroom into a play.
Religion and American Literature panel at PAMLA seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. How do American writers negotiate faith or unbelief? What are the varieties of secularism articulated in their work? How do they explore faith within a post-secular context? The panel especially welcomes papers on the following authors: Cormac McCarthy, Marilynn Robinson, and Jeffrey Eugenides.
Panel: American Travelers and the City
Organizer: Society for the Study of American Travel Writing
Event: ALA Symposium on The City in American Literature
Details: Sept 10-11, 2015 New Orleans, LA
Proposals: Due June 27, 2015 to Andrew Vogel
The Society for the Study of American Travel Writing is organizing a panel for the American Literature Association Symposium on The City in American Literature to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 10-11, 2015. More information is available at The City in American Literature Symposium.
Claudia Emerson, 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner for her collection Late Wife and former Poet Laureate of Virginia, passed away last year at the age of 57 after a valiant struggle against cancer. She and her husband, Kent Ippolito, a musician, wrote songs together and performed. Emerson's work, then, embodies this year's SAMLA theme of "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts." This panel seeks to celebrate her life, so papers on any element of her art are most welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words and any A/V requirements to Lynne M. Simpson, Prof. of English, Presbyterian College, at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10.
Persona Studies is seeking papers and creative projects that investigate the ways in which personas are produced, managed, used, and disseminated in the contexts of our working lives and careers. What work do these personas do? How does our work shape and dictate them? What are the constraints and effects of these personas?
Abstracts and Expressions of Interest (250-300 words) should be submitted by 19 June 2015 to email@example.com with the subject heading "2015 Issue 2 Abstract." Full papers may also be submitted at this time.