It's been almost thirty years since Allan Bloom made his clarion call to classicism within the American academy with the publication of The Closing of the American Mind. For as moribund as the humanities have supposedly been (according to positivist scientists, economics majors, and higher education administrators) the "Culture Wars" have surely blazed a bright path across the consciousness of any literature, history, philosophy, theology or cultural studies major. Columnists from William Safire to David Brooks have bemoaned the supposed death of the humanities (while conveniently ignoring how supply-side economics has had a hearty role in that) identifying a "post-modern bogeyman" as being responsible for the murder.
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. The next deadline for submission is July 25.
Wharton in Washington:
A Conference Sponsored by
the Edith Wharton Society
June 2-4, 2016
Extended Deadline: Proposals due September 1, 2015
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A PROPOSED SSAWW EDITED COLLECTION
CALL FOR SENIOR SCHOLAR TO WRITE PREFACE
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is seeking abstracts (250 words) for essays (7500-8500 words, excluding notes) on American women writers and liminality for a proposed edited collection. We also seek a senior scholar in the field of American women writers to write the preface to the collection and, if interested, join the team as a co-editor.
Keynote: The Weird & the Southern Imaginary will introduce the aesthetics and generic conventions of the Weird to cultural studies of the U.S. South and the region's local, hemispheric, and (inter)national connections. Contributions from literary critics, film and popular culture scholars, philosophers, and critical theorists will consider forms of the Weird in a range of texts (literature, art, film & television, comics, music) from, about, or resonant with conceptions of different South(s).
"Don DeLillo: 'Fiction Rescues History'" Conference
Paris - February 18-20, 2016
Guest of Honor: Don DeLillo (with the support of Actes Sud Editions)
Peter Boxall, University of Sussex
Michael Naas, DePaul University
LARCA – Laboratoire de recherches sur les cultures anglophones (UMR 8225, Université Paris Diderot)
VALE – Voix anglophones, littérature et esthétique (EA 4085, Université Sorbonne Paris 4)
ERIAC – Équipe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les aires culturelles (EA 4705, Université de Rouen)
As two of the three famous "hermeneutics of suspicion", Marxism and psychoanalysis both have an important but conflicted relationship with the work of education. As Lenin writes in 1918, "Marxism educates the vanguard of the proletariat which is capable of assuming power … of being the teacher, the guide, the leader of all the laboring and exploited people" (The State of the Revolution). Less than twenty years later, Freud will pessimistically reflect on the state of the psychoanalytic "cure", saying that "it almost appears that the analyst's work might be the third of those 'impossible' professions in which, even before you begin, you can be sure you will fall short of complete success.
Tim Burton is certainly one of the most popular directors of contemporary Hollywood. His oeuvre includes blockbuster films such as Batman (1989), Planet of the Apes (2001) and Alice in Wonderland (2010) as well as less profitable– but still highly recognizable - films such as Ed Wood (1994). His work with stop motion, evident in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) and the recent Frankenweenie (2013) has further popularized and updated a technique that has been fundamental in cinema since the silent era.
It is our contention that a magazine like this has needed to exist for a while. There needs to be a home for the complicated patriot, the unlikely patriot.The sociologist Robert Bellah believed that the United States had a civil religion that was to be contrasted with that of other nations. If that's true – and we think it is – then this is a magazine for the agnostics. What can one say? America seems like a pretty good idea – we should try it some time.
To get what we're up to check out our website at mericamagazine.org (that's "Merica," not "America," lest you accidentally go to the other - though excellent - magazine of that name). Check out especially the "About" section and the "Submission" section for a fuller idea of our concept.
Tyler Perry has become an African-American cultural icon through his stage plays, films, sitcoms, and now, primetime dramas. As such, his works have come under scrutiny for their representations of the African-American family unit as well as representations of race, class, and gender. Though Perry has an avid fan base, all do not agree with the ways in which his "art" functions culturally within the African-American psyche. W.E. B. DuBois states in his 1926 article which was published in The Crisis, "I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda.