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CFP: Modernism in Contemporary Mainstream Media (MSA 16: Nov. 6-9, 2014)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 2:13pm
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Jennifer Nesbitt
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How are modernist cultures, coteries, and spaces re-imagined in contemporary texts (considered broadly)? The modernist period, its arts in particular but also its cultures, has long been an object of fascination and re-staging–-and no less so in recent years, as evidenced by the popularity of Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, and The Great Gatsby (among others). How do these recent reincarnations draw on their predecessors? What does modernism–-its art networks, entertainments, crime, wars, sexuality, scandals, political movements, scientific and technological developments etc.–mean today, as channeled by popular media? What opportunities and problems do adaptations pose for scholars?

CFP Race & Ethnicity 2014 MPCA/MACA Conference; proposals due 04/30/14

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:57am
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Midwest Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association
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Call for Proposals:
RACE & ETHNICITY
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association/
American Culture Association Conference
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5th, 2014
JW Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: (317) 860-5800

The Race & Ethnicity Area of the MPCA/MACA requests 150-250 word proposals for papers to be presented at the 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Proposals for co-authored papers, complete panels (3-4 presenters), or nontraditional formats such as workshops, roundtables, open forums, and/or visual/artistic/creative approaches are also welcomed.

Literature of Status / The Status of Literature (Tuscaloosa, AL March 5-8, 2015)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:04am
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The University of Alabama Department of English
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The University of Alabama English Department will host its thirty-second Symposium on English and American Literature on March 5-8, 2015. The theme for 2015 is "Literature of Status / The Status of Literature," with a keynote address from Marshall Brown, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington and editor of Modern Language Quarterly.

[UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED] SWSW Grad. Student Conference 17-19 July 2014

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 8:44am
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Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Student Conference

The 20th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SWSW) is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student conference featuring both creative submissions (poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts) exploring Southern themes/settings, and critical submissions (seminar papers, articles, works in progress) exploring Southern literature/culture. We, the Graduate Students of the Department of English, invite you to submit both critical and creative abstracts; common themes are listed below. Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, 17-19 July 2014. Both critical and creative submissions are eligible for the Faulkner Paper Prize and the Colby H. Kullman Award. Our keynote speaker will be Sara Roahen.

CFP for edited book collection: Terror in Global Narrative: The Aesthetics and Representation of 9/11 in the Age of Late-Late Ca

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 7:43am
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Liliana Naydan and George Fragopoulos

Erected amid criticism in a mid-century modernist style and once the tallest buildings on the globe, New York's Twin Towers emerged as haughty symbols of American capitalism in what Henry Luce deemed the American Century. As an event that ushered in the 21st century, the destruction of the Towers marked a profound moment in American and global history. Moreover, the ubiquitous visibility and non-stop replaying of the attack itself brought to light a number of interesting and provocative questions in regards to the moment's "aesthetic dimensions." It did not take long, to give but one example, for many to notice the uncanny parallels between the events on 9/11 and those of Hollywood disaster movies.

Reading Across Cultures: New Comparative Approaches in a Globalized World, September 21-23, 2014, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 5:49am
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Postgraduate Forum “Postcolonial Narrations”

The second conference of the postgraduate forum "Postcolonial Narrations" focuses on comparative approaches to postcolonial anglophone literatures and cultures in an era of globalization. How can comparative approaches enrich our reading practices and add to our understanding of postcolonial cultural production? How do comparative trends and research practices emerging in other disciplines impact postcolonial studies (which is itself a comparative approach)?

CFP: Comparative Literature - May 15 Deadline

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:25am
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Paulina M. Gonzales / PAMLA 2014
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The Comparative Literature standing session seeks papers for the 112th annual PAMLA conference in Riverside, CA (Oct. 31-Nov.2). We invite paper proposals on any topic, but encourage submission of proposals that engage with this year's theme, "Familiar Spirits," exploring topics related to magic, conjuring, spirits, and hauntings. Paper proposals are due by midnight on May 15. All paper proposals must be submitted online via the PAMLA website at http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals.
Please email Paulina at p6gonzal@ucsd.edu if you have any questions.

CFP Postgraduate English (Deadline Friday 1 August 2014)

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:33pm
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Durham University

Call for Papers:

POSTGRADUATE ENGLISH (ISSN 1756-9761). The University of Durham's Online Literature Journal: a peer-reviewed Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English.

Postgraduates are invited to submit papers of 5-7,000 words for Issue 29 of Postgraduate English. Contributors are not confined to a particular theme, the better to reflect a diversity of interests. Papers, in MLA style, must be received no later than Friday 1 August 2014.

CFP Essays on Arthurian-Themed Electronic Games (6/1/14)

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 5:43pm
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Michael Torregrossa / The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain

The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain seeks essay proposals devoted to surveying or studying video and computer games based on and/or inspired by the Arthurian tradition.

Essays will appear in a collection devoted to surveying the complete Matter of Britain on screen (as defined on our web site: http://matter-of-britain-on-screen.blogspot.com/) .

Proposals of 250 to 500 words or completed essays by 1 June 2014.
Final versions of essays will be expected by June 2015.

Please address submissions, inquiries, and suggested topics to the editors at

Call for Book Reviews and Review Essays: Culture, Labor and Class

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 1:25pm
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Working USA: The Journal Of Labor And Society
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Working USA: The Journal Of Labor And Society, a cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal is calling for book reviews and review essays discussing texts relating to the cultural aspects of labor and class. The books reviewed can be academic studies from a range of disciplines, journalistic texts, works of fiction, biographies, memoirs, and artists' monographs. We will also consider reviews of art exhibits and cultural events, relevant to this topic. With some exceptions, the books reviewed should have a publication date within the last three years. The reviewers should have some expertise in the area of the review, and write in clear prose, free of specialized jargon.

CFP: Children, Childhood, and Popular Culture

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:35am
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Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association
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The Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and
American Culture Association invites you to participate in the 25th annual
MAPACA conference. Papers in this area examine the impact of popular
culture on children and childhood, as well as the role of children and
young adults as influencers and creators of popular and American culture.

CFP: Intermezzo, new series in longform publication

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:25am
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Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture
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Enculturation, a Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, announces the launch of Intermezzo, a series dedicated to publishing long essays – between 20,000 and 80,000 words – that are too long for journal publication, but too short to be a monograph. Intermezzo fills a current gap within scholarly writing by allowing writers to express themselves outside of the constraints of formal academic publishing. Intermezzo asks writers to not only consider a variety of topics from within and without academia, but to be creative in doing so. Authors are encouraged to experiment with form, style, content, and approach in order to break down the barrier between the scholarly and the creative.

Anthologies in/and/of Modernism (MSA 16: 6-9 November 2014)

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:06am
full name / name of organization: 
Patrick Collier
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Given 1) the ongoing expansion of modernist studies in "temporal, spatial, and vertical" directions (Mao and Walkowitz) and 2) a renewed interest in textual materiality and modernist institutions (Jeremy Braddock's Collecting as Modernist Practice), the time would seem right for a thorough reconsideration of literary anthologies in/and/of modernism.

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