While earlier centuries had witnessed the global spread of print, the nineteenth century contributed a new major chapter to the history of print in the Atlantic world, a chapter full of unsettling ironies. In this century, print became more accessible, since printing offices, owing to improved printing technologies, effective dissemination channels, and low-cost formats, were able to produce more efficiently. With print more accessible and affordable, printed material soon developed into a product of mass consumption that formed an integral part of everyday culture in the nineteenth century. Consequently, nineteenth-century print generated new audiences throughout the Atlantic world, such as working-class, black, and female readers.
The Art of Identification network, funded by a networking grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) intends to bring together a range of academics and practitioners in order to explore the interconnections between practical techniques of human identification and the artistic representation of personal identity. The methods by which people have proved, or been assigned, their identities have varied over time – from Early Modern insignia to the contemporary strobe light of a retinal scanner – and the term 'identification' can also be taken to mean a number of things, including the determination of individual personhood via paperwork, bodily examination, verbal testimony, and digital recording.
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.