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50th Comparative Literature Conference: Tradition and Inovation: Comparative Literature in the 21st Century 4/15-17 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:47pm
Department of Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach

Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.

Phantom Grief, Prosthetic Mourning: Amputation and the Semiotics of "Loss" (Collection)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:08pm
Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Contributions are sought for PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS," a collection of essays edited by Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität).

Essays appearing in PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS" will engage with the theme of amputation in literature from a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Open to discussions of texts from any era, language tradition, or geographical region, the collection seeks to be a repository of new, original scholarship that explores the many roles the figure of the amputee plays in literature.

Asian Americans Writing the South

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:52pm
MLA Asian American Literature Division

Asian Americans Writing the South: This panel considers Asian American writers (Monique Truong, Lan Cao and others) as they write the history, geography, and politics of the US South. 250 word abstracts by March 15 to Crystal Parikh (crystal.parikh@nyu.edu). Sponsored by the Asian American Literature Division of the MLA.

40 Years of The Woman Warrior

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:50pm
MLA Asian American Literature Division

40 Years of The Woman Warrior: On the 40th anniversary of its publication, the continuing influence of The Woman Warrior on 21st
century Asian American literature and culture. 250 word abstracts by March 15 to Julia Lee (juliahl1@uci.edu). Sponsored by the Asian American Literature Division of the MLA.

Flannery O'Connor Society, Open Topic, SCMLA Nashville, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:33pm
Julianna Leachman, University of Texas at Austin

The Flannery O'Connor Society seeks paper submissions for the 2015 meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association in Nashville, Tennessee, October 31-November 3, 2015.

This year's conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language." Papers that explore this theme as it relates to O'Connor studies are welcome, as are any papers related more broadly to O'Connor studies.

Please submit an abstract of 500 words or fewer by March 31, 2015 to Julianna Leachman at juliannaleachman@gmail.com. Please include your name and academic affiliation.

MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session: Rereading Commonplaces

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:27pm
Mai-Lin Cheng/MLA

Abstracts invited for a special session on commonplace books, to be proposed for MLA 2016 in Austin.

Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplaces as poetry, archive, theory; commonplace books and fandom, book history, gender, genre. Submit 300-word abstract and one paragraph bio by 15 March 2015; Mai-Lin Cheng (cheng@uoregon.edu).

"The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 2:21pm
Christopher Allen Varlack, University of Maryland Baltimore County

From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

MLA 2016 - Forms & Feelings of Latina/o Literature

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:35pm
Norma Elia Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Raúl Coronado, UC Berkeley

Latina/o literature has long evaded genre classification, mingling fiction, poetry, history, memoir, ethnography, and visual representation. What is captured? Soul? Spirit? Community?

300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and Raúl Coronado (raulc@berkeley.edu).

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