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Intertextual Memory

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 6:44pm
MLA 2015 Special Session

Explicit reference to actual literary texts, songs, films, or art that become sites of memory within fictional works from any period. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014

Writing Anew: Critical, Cultural, and Canonical Innovations in Literature

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:40pm
University of North Texas Graduate Students of English Association

Interpreting the act of writing as one of (re)invention and (re)constitution
equips burgeoning critics and creative writers to engage the written word along the axes of power, politics, and persuasion.

The 2014 UNT Critical Voices Conference, which will take place on March 22, 2014, invites critical and creative pieces that both celebrate
and challenge the canonical, historical, and/or political structures with which authors have interacted for centuries.

Authors may submit an abstract of 200-500 words (for
a piece of literary/cultural criticism) or an excerpt (for a creative piece to

Resisting Empire Through Humor - MLA 2015 (Vancouver) 8-11 January 2015

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:25pm
Katherine Bishop and Adele Holoch

"A joke is a very serious thing." – Winston Churchill

Laughter can be a powerful weapon. It can be a tool of resistance, an assertion of superiority, or an outlet for relief. It can establish (or strengthen) a sense of community, or it can set an individual apart. This panel seeks to examine the use of humor in the context of empire. How do texts leverage these and other capacities of laughter to contest, undermine, create, or celebrate? We welcome papers addressing the intersections of laughter and imperial or post-colonial power in all geographic and historical contexts.

Shapeshifters: Recycling and Literature (April 25-26, 2014)

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:09pm
Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature

SHAPESHIFTERS: Recycling and Literature
April 25-26, 2014

Sponsor: Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature
Keynote Speakers: Wai Chee Dimock (Yale) and Maite Zubiaurre (UCLA)

"If you want me again look for me under your boot soles." Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Teaching American Gun Cultures | MLA Special Session, Vancouver 2015

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:41pm
Rasmus R. Simonsen

Today, Americans collectively own well over 200 million guns. And so it seems impossible to imagine the United States without the presence of guns. To own or not to own a firearm is a question that surely defines other crucial aspects of what it means to be American. This Special Session invites innovative approaches to teaching the representation of American gun cultures based on, but not limited to, geography, socio-economic status, race, gender, and sexuality.

The End of Remediation?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:28pm
MLA Committee for the Community College

The Committee for the Community College is sponsoring two sessions at the MLA Convention in Vancouver in January of 2015. Visit for more information about the convention.

Session 1: The End of Remediation? Papers can address issues related to the future of Developmental studies, including but not limited to accelerated learning, performance-based funding, the Common Core, and the completion agenda. Deadline March 21.

New McFarland Essay Anthology: The Punk Aesthetic in Comics

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:17pm
Christopher Field, Keegan Lannon, Michael MacBride, and Christopher Douglas

We have just received a contract from McFarland to compile a multi-contributor manuscript on comic books and the punk aesthetic. Comics have long had a connection with subculture. In the punk movement, comics found an aesthetic that could help preach a message to the counterculture. This collection will include essays that examine how both mainstream and underground comics/comix have borrowed from and used the punk aesthetic for their own means.

Call for Submissions: The Woody Guthrie Annual

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:30pm
Professor Will Kaufman / University of Central Lancashire

The Woody Guthrie Annual

The Woody Guthrie Annual is a new open-access peer-reviewed journal containing the most up-to-date scholarship on Woody Guthrie, his work and his cultural and political significance. The journal will be published once a year, in December.

Negotiating Archives of Redemption in Modernism, MLA 2015 Special Session Proposal

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:33am
Christopher Langlois, University of Western Ontario

In Religion and Violence, Hent de Vries argues that the "critical resources of the historical phenomenon called religion […] constitute an immense archive of concepts and figures, practices and dispositions, whose analytical yet highly ambiguous potential for the present age we have not yet begun to fathom" (35). This panel assumes that the concept and figure of redemption represents such an archival site that, in the midst of the "return to religion" that we are witnessing today, is worth our time re-opening.

Cosmopolitanism, Aestheticism and Decadence, 1860-1920

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:14am
Oxford University and University of Kent

Over the past twenty years, the term "cosmopolitanism" has been the focus of intense critical reflection and debate across the humanities. For some, it represents a potential remedy for oppressive and antagonistic models of national identity and a means of addressing the ethical, economic, and political dilemmas produced by globalisation. Others consider it a peculiarly insidious form of imperialism, and argue that it advocates an untenable ideal of a privileged, rootless observer, detached from — and disposed to romanticise or commodify — very real injustices and inequalities. Meanwhile, the "transatlantic" has emerged as a popular critical framework and field of inquiry for historians and literary scholars.

Kings of Infinite Space?: Renaissance Literature and the Spatial Turn (October 16-19, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:43pm
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Literary critic Robert Tally has identified what he calls a "turn to the spatial" in humanistic inquiry over the past generation. The insights of spatial theorists like Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Bertrand Westphal, as well as those of radical geographers like Doreen Massey, Edward Soja, David Harvey, and Yi-Fu Tuan have altered how literary critics speak about the idea of "space" in relation to literary production. The "turn to the spatial" has been particularly embraced by those who work on literature in an era of the internet and globalization in which our very understanding of how space is experienced is so radically different.

[UPDATE] Mirrored Subjectivities (4/18-19/14)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 5:20pm
Mirrored Subjectivities / University of New Mexico

Call for Papers

Sixth Annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference and Workshop at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

April 18-19, 2014

Mirrored Subjectivities: Technology and Visual Representation in Film and other Media

Keynote lecture to be delivered by: Dr. Bambi Haggins, Arizona State University