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Call for Chapters: Evil Women and Mean Girls

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:18pm
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Keira Williams

Call for Chapters
Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex's Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture

Edited by Lynne Fallwell and Keira V. Williams, Texas Tech University
Due date for abstracts (500-700 words): September 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance date: October 1, 2014
Due date for accepted paper drafts (8000-10,000 words): March 31, 2015

Special Session of the MMLA 2014: "The Affects of Cities"

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 8:36pm
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Elizabeth Dieterich
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Recent turns in psychoanalytic criticism cast individuals as more porous—more permeable to the feelings or psychoses of others—than traditional humanism usually allows. Theorists engaged with this affective turn wrestle with questions of how the "feeling of feelings," or affects, flow freely between individuals—especially when individuals are found in groups. "The Affects of Cities," a special session of the 2014 Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association, themed "The Lives of Cities," proposes to explore and discuss affect and affective transmission specifically in urban environments.

Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference (November 15, 2014; Proposals due August 1, 2014)

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 8:09pm
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Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Dept. of Film, Television and Digital Media, TCU
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We invite presentation proposals for the daylong Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference, to be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The conference organizers are seeking historically and theoretically intriguing presentations that explore any noteworthy aspect(s) of media, politics, and/or culture during the 1950s, whether in the United States or elsewhere. This daylong conference promises to provide an intellectually stimulating investigation into the complex phenomenon that was "The Fifties." Accordingly, participants are encouraged to interpret the conference theme quite broadly and innovatively.

[UPDATE] The Subversive in American Sentimental Novels : PMLA, Riverside CA , Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 7:02pm
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Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SCSSAWW)

The Subversive in the American Sentimental Novel

PMLA: 112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center,  Riverside, California , Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

SCSSAWW seeks recent work on subversive elements in sentimental novels written by 18th and 19th century American women authors to explore how these novels queried and contested conventional social and cultural expectations for American women of their times.

LAST CALL: PAMLA 2014 Comparative Literature Panel: Proposals due 5/15 by midnight

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 5:54pm
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PAMLA 2014 (Oct.31-Nov.2)
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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.

PAMLA 2014 Film Studies (Oct 31-Nov 2, Riverside, CA)

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:28pm
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Pacific-Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
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Call for Papers: Film Studies

PAMLA is looking for a wide-array of papers dealing with Film and Visual Culture. ***ALL SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE DONE ON PAMLA's Website***

[Update] 2014 Futures of American Studies Institute

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:03pm
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Dartmouth College

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE ANNOUNCES A ONE WEEK SUMMER INSTITUTE:
STATES OF AMERICAN STUDIES

MONDAY, JUNE 16 — SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

DIRECTOR: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
CO-DIRECTORS: Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown University), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University), J. Martin Favor (Dartmouth College), Winfried Fluck (Freie Universität, Berlin), Donatella Izzo (Università degli studi di Napoli "L'Orientale,"), Eric W. Lott (University of Virginia)

Pleasure's Potential: Religion and Leisure in the Long Eighteenth Century

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:54pm
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East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC/ASECS)
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This panel seeks papers that explore the intriguing relationships among religion, leisurely pursuits, and pleasure in the long eighteenth century. These connections include religion's complex engagement with the period's entertainment practices and changing social spaces as well as the idea of religion as a leisurely pursuit with its own pleasures. Participants are invited to consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:

- How do religious critiques of entertainment or leisure activities reflect changes in eighteenth-century social dynamics?

- How might categories of blasphemy, obscenity, or immorality intersect with an emerging culture of pleasure and/or eighteenth-century religious thought?

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

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 2:55pm
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The John Dos Passos Society
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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)

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:44pm
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Conference on Christianity and Literature
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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

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:54am
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Interdisciplinary Humanities
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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

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:08am
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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

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:19am
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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

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:10am
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English Graduate Organization, Ohio State U
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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)

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Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 4:34pm
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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.

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