Subscribe to american

american

[Update] The First Biennial John Dos Passos Conference (10-11 October. Chattanooga, TN)

updated: 
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 2:55pm
full name / name of organization: 
The John Dos Passos Society
contact email: 

Update: the deadline for submissions has been extended to May 30.

The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its first biennial conference. Prompted by the centennial of The Great War, a formative event in Dos Passos's life and career, this conference will facilitate discussion of the author's responses to war and other defining features of the early twentieth-century in his major and minor works. The meeting will conclude with an address by John Dos Passos Coggin, who will speak about his grandfather's "writing life" as it compared with the styles and habits of his friends Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

UPDATE: Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature: Imagination Participation and Co-Creation. 6/15; (10/31-11/1)

updated: 
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:44pm
full name / name of organization: 
Conference on Christianity and Literature
contact email: 

2014 Mideast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature: "The Imagination, Participation, and Co-Creation"
Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA
October 31 – November 1, 2014

Plenary Speaker: Alison Milbank, professor of theology and religious studies at The University of Nottingham, Author of Dante and the Victorians and Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians.

Alfred Hitchcock - Interdisciplinary Humanities - November 1, 2014

updated: 
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:54am
full name / name of organization: 
Interdisciplinary Humanities
contact email: 

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Spring 2015 Issue - Alfred Hitchcock

Guest Editor: Michael Howarth

This special issue will focus on Alfred Hitchcock, the "master of suspense" whose career spanned from the 1920s to the 1970s. Hitchcock produced and directed over fifty motion pictures, in addition to hosting two anthology series on television.

His film craftsmanship is still relevant today, as his influence is continuously cited by contemporary filmmakers and he is regularly taught in cinema classes.

Call for Surreal Fiction (Deadline July 10, 2014) $50 Honorarium

updated: 
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:08am
full name / name of organization: 
Blank Fiction Magazine

Blank Fiction is calling for Surreal Fiction. We're looking for stories that blur the lines between dream and reality, devise a narrative out of an idea or concept, and/or create strange creatures from everyday objects. Send us work that challenges accepted social customs and structures and free us from this "false rationality" in which we live.

Surrealism presents unnerving and illogical scenes delivered with precision, effectively allowing what seems to be unconscious expression to rise to the surface. However, the element of surprise also plays a large role, so feel free to experiment with the genre and embrace its disdain for established artistic tradition.

[Update] "Elsewheres," JMMLA (Spring 2015): 9/15/14

updated: 
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:19am
full name / name of organization: 
The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association

The editors of JMMLA seek essays about the literature, film, music, and art of places that don't really matter, places whose adjacency to the capitals of the world confirms their lack of sway. Especially welcome are essays that explore the consequences that come from the way literary and artistic value gets determined, the way consumers of culture continue to count on a handful of institutions to vet the art of the elsewhere.

Call for Papers: "Broken Narratives"- Graduate Student Conference-Ohio State University-Saturday 11th Oct, 2014

updated: 
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:10am
full name / name of organization: 
English Graduate Organization, Ohio State U
contact email: 

Broken narratives abound in literary and cultural history. Serialized literary works, serial television, fragmented novels, and shuffle literature are among the many forms that use brokenness as a resource for unfolding narratives. The eclectic nature and the many avatars of "broken narratives" make them valuable sites for comparative studies. Arguably, brokenness remains integral to certain textual forms more than others: Segmentation and sequentiality, for instance, are identified as key to the comic form (McCloud) as well as narrative poetry (McHale; DuPlessis) and television series (O'Sullivan).

CFP: TEXTOS HIBRIDOS. REVISTA DE ESTUDIOS SOBRE LA CRÓNICA LATINOAMERICANA (JUNE 1, 2014)

updated: 
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 4:34pm
full name / name of organization: 
TEXTOS HIBRIDOS. REVISTA DE ESTUDIOS SOBRE LA CRÓNICA LATINOAMERICANA

Textos Híbridos, the electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Latin American chronicle from the Conquest to the present day, invites the submission of critical studies on the Latin American literary chronicle for its July 2014 issue. The journal seeks to lend additional visibility to the chronicle as an important genre and to promote dialogue on a literary form that has been continually marginalized despite its wide readership and far-reaching influence in Latin America.

Don DeLillo Society Newsletter (Deadline: August 15, 2014)

updated: 
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 5:02am
full name / name of organization: 
Don DeLillo Society
contact email: 

The Don DeLillo Society seeks contributions for the next edition of its newsletter.

We are interested in short, informal articles on any aspect of DeLillo's work. Reviews of recent DeLillo scholarship are also welcome. Articles should be no longer than 2,000 words.

Please submit contributions to Anne Longmuir by August 15, 2014.

Circling Our Wagons Conference: Stories and Histories of Hip Hop April 16-19, 2015

updated: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 1:05pm
full name / name of organization: 
Albany State University Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Communication.
contact email: 

Call for Papers for Albany State University Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Communication.

Circling Our Wagons Conference: Stories and Histories of Hip Hop
April 16-19, 2015

2015 Call for Papers
April 16- 19, 2015

GLBTQ Studies at MAPACA (Baltimore, Nov 6th through the 8th)

updated: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 11:20am
full name / name of organization: 
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association

The GLBTQ Studies Area of MAPACA welcomes proposals of relevance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities for its 25th annual conference to be held this November in Baltimore.

Proposals are encouraged on any medium and from any critical, contemporary, historic, or disciplinary perspective. While proposals on any topic are accepted, proposals for the Baltimore conference might also include:

Language and Ethics of Care in Contemporary Literature - University of Montreal - Friday, Oct. 31st 2014

updated: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:44am
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Comparative Literature at University of Montreal and University of Alberta (Campus Saint-Jean)

Since Foucault's Le souci de soi, Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice and Nel Noddings' Caring, the notion of care has built bridges between philosophy, psychology, ecology, sociology, anthropology and feminism. However, significantly less work has been published in the field of literature and fewer theorists address issues related to care in their analyses of fiction. Therefore, the first goal of this one-day conference is to create linkage and knots of tension between care ethics, care theory, care practices and literature. It has been argued that institutional and social language draws mostly on the judicial, on "the language of rights" (Fukuyama), but what is implied or expected when we shift to a language of care?

Issue 1.2: Failure in Literature and Art - papers due June 1, 2014

updated: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:24am
full name / name of organization: 
albeit

Issue 1.2: Failure in Literature and Art

If at first you don't succeed ... shouldn't we ask why not? albeit, an innovative new online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "Failure."

Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:

"Bad" texts, or films, novels, plays, television shows, etc., that were considered failures in their time

Characters or ideas within texts that fail to succeed

Guilty pleasures

Creative fiction or nonfiction pieces investigating the concept of failure

CFP - Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures

updated: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9:28am
full name / name of organization: 
Aarhus University - Cultural Transformations Research Group
contact email: 

Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures
Hosted by the Cultural Transformations Research Group, Aarhus University.
November 21-22, 2014

LOCATION: AARHUS UNIVERSITY, DENMARK.
CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE: AUGUST 22, 2014

Keynote speaker:
Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University –
"Fans as Celebrities, Celebrities as Fans: The Rise of an Affective Economy?"

[UPDATE] Discussing Disney - CFP extended!

updated: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:30am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Hull
contact email: 

Film Studies at the University of Hull is proud to announce that it is hosting a conference exploring the world of Disney studies. Papers on any areas of Disney are welcome for consideration, to include (but not limited to) discussions of Disney studio history, animation, live-action films, television, theme parks, merchandizing, and/or popular cultural representations of all things Disney.

Abstracts of 300 words, along with personal details, should be sent to Amy M. Davis (a.davis@hull.ac.uk) by 30 May 2014.

Keynote speakers include Dr Chris Pallant, author of Demystifying Disney (2011).

Pages