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[UPDATE] Pastoral Cities

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 3:53pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association

In his study Pastoral Cities (1987), James L. Machor gives the name "urban-pastoral" to a cultural myth of rural-urban synthesis, which he deems foundational to the moral geography of American life, from the Puritans' "City on a Hill" to Frederick Law Olmsted's "City Beautiful". To recognize and complicate this rural-urban dream, Machor argues, was one of the achievements of American writers through the nineteenth century. And yet, despite the recent pastoral turn in literary scholarship, few critics have analyzed urban-pastoralism in later or less canonical works.

Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism - Texture

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 12:27pm
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Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism
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Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism (http://warwick.ac.uk/go/moviejournal) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal, and a joint venture between the Universities of Warwick, Reading, and Oxford. Its particular commitment is to publishing rigorous but accessible critical readings of film and television that grant sustained attention to texts' detail, style, artistry, and aesthetic dimensions. We also welcome articles that illuminate concepts, analytical methods and questions in aesthetics that are of significance to the practice of criticism.

'Regional Gothic', Collection of Essays, edited by William Hughes and Ruth Heholt, Call for Abstracts

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 4:36am
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William Hughes and Ruth Heholt

With the referendum for Scottish Independence scheduled for September 2014 and the Cornish having recently been granted minority status, questions about the dis-unity of the 'United' Kingdom are prominent in the contemporary debate regarding nationalism and regional identity. Regional Gothic will explore these fractures and the darker imaginings that come from the regions of Britain.

The Many Dangers of Photography: The Image of Photography in Literature - NEMLA 2015 (4/30-5/3)

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 6:56pm
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Joanna Madloch, Montclair State University

This panel will examine the picture of photography in literature since the nineteenth century to modern days. We especially invite papers concerned with the problem of various dangers associated with photography. This includes but is not limited to: photographers harming their models or injuring themselves; photographs causing problems in peoples' lives; cameras threatening people; and possessing photographers.

Please submit 200-250 word abstracts by September 30, 2014, directly through the NeMLA site. Here is a direct link to submit an abstract: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15189

Queering the Nation: Queer Identities in Early America--For OIEAHC-SEA Conference, Chicago June 2015

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 6:37pm
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Marcia D. Nichols (University of Minnesota Rochester) / Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture--Society for Early Americanists
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Although Foucault declared that sexuality as an identity is a modern phenomenon dating from the medicalization of sexual impulses in the Victorian era, some recent scholarship has argued that queer sexualities per se existed, at least in proto- or nascent forms. For example, in Sex and the Eighteenth Century Man, Thomas Foster convincingly demonstrates that one colonial Massachusetts man whose sexual preference for other men was seemingly recognized as a sort of sexual identity by himself and his community. Moreover, in London, tales of female husbands continued to titillate and the existence of molly houses, with their elaborate rituals and lingo anatomized in canting dictionaries and criminal narratives.

Modernist Times

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 9:16pm
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University of Western Sydney, Australia
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Modernist Times
21 November 2014
Bankstown Campus, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Brian Boyd (University of Auckland)
author of 'Why Lyrics Last', 'On the Origins of Stories', 'Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years' and 'Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years'.

The modernists were the most temporally-aware of artists. The innovations of Woolf, Mann and Joyce were focused on time: its elasticity, manipulability and centrality to human experience.

Youth, Childhood, and Popular Culture

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:09pm
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Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association
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We are looking for proposals that address any aspect of the convergence of Popular Culture and American Childhood and Youth. This work may come from discipline as far-flung as media studies, education, literature, history, psychology, philosophy, film studies, gender studies, law, music, economics, sociology, and may reflect and equally broad range of methodologies. We will accept proposals of single papers, full panels, roundtables, and always enjoy experimental formats.

Sankofa: Reaching Back to Move Forward in Excellence September 27, 2014 Elon, NC

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 4:51pm
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D.I.V.A.S (Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic, Sistas)
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

D.I.V.A.S (Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic, Sistas) are delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the 3rd annual DIVAS conference, to be held at the School of Education on the campus of Elon University in Elon, NC, September 27, 2014. Proposals for poster sessions, individual presentations, and panel sessions are welcome at https://sites.google.com/site/drdivas/divas-conference/2014DIVASCONFERNC...) on or before Friday, August 8, 2014.

American Poetry: Word (As) Object [NEMLA, Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015]

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:34pm
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NEMLA http:// www.nemla.org
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In A Sense of Things, Bill Brown argues that American novels both promote and decry materialism through the vehicle of the object. Papers are invited for NEMLA in Toronto that focus on this question of materialism and objecthood in late twentieth- and twenty-first century American poetic productions. Please submit 250-word abstracts to Elisabeth Joyce via http:// www.nemla.org.

[UPDATE] Call for Contributors: American Mythology and Folklore

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 12:41pm
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American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore
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ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in 2015. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.

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