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The Poetry of Theodore Roethke

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:11pm
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William Barillas, University of Wisconsin-La Croose
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Contributors sought for a collection of short essays, each focused on a poem by Theodore Roethke, to be published by a university press. Intended for a readership of students and teachers as well as scholars, the book will advance Roethke criticism by presenting original and highly specific commentary on individual poems. Essays are to be about 2000 words in length and must involve close textual reading of a single poem. Writers may explicate a short poem or passage from a long poem, or analyze one aspect of a poem (such as diction, imagery, figurative language, symbolism, sound devices, meter, etc.). All critical approaches are welcome, including historicism, gender studies, reader-response, and ecocriticism.

Transformations - 30 May 2014

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 6:00pm
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University College London

This year's UCL English Department Graduate Conference seeks to explore the nature of transformation and the many possible meanings this can hold for the wide diaspora of text production and consumption. Over the past century the study of English literature has undergone vast transformations, prompting academics and writers to re-evaluate the concept of the 'canon', examine practices of reading, and consider the cultural impact of texts and criticism. We invite students across periods and disciplines to explore the theme of 'transformations'.

ELN 53.1: Sexing the Left

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 3:48pm
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOTES
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"Sexing the Left": English Language Notes 53.1 (Spring/Summer 2015)

Representing play and games in English-speaking literature (19th—21st centuries) 06/14/2014 Paris, France

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 3:02pm
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University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Representing play and games in English-speaking literature (19th—21st centuries)
A one-day conference organized by OVALE and VALE EA4085 – Paris IV Sorbonne

June 14th, 2014
Maison de la Recherche – Paris IV Sorbonne
28, rue Serpente, 75006 Paris

Keynote speaker: Joyce Goggin, Universiteit Van Amsterdam

"Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it".
(Walt Whitman, « Song of Myself »)

[UPDATE: Extended Deadline] Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia (May 16-17, 2014) [CFP due February 12]

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 2:38pm
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The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara
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Transatlantic Ecologies seeks readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and global thought in the early modern period. When discussing burgeoning forms of early modern ecological awareness, how should we account for the complex networks of knowledge construction in the Atlantic world resulting from the confluence of European, African, and Amerindian cultures? And, how do nonhumans figure into this network? Namely, how do we account for the influence of diverse New World ecologies and changing conceptions of land, space, animal consciousness, and ecological interdependence?

Reading Environment(s) in the Works of Eudora Welty; SCMLA 2014

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 2:26pm
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The Eudora Welty Society
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In her autobiography, One Writer's Beginning, Eudora Welty recounts the disappointment she felt as a child when she first learned that "books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass." Looking to unpack the implications of this youthful conception of literature, one that blurs the lines between natural phenomenon and cultural production, the Eudora Welty Society invites paper proposals that explore the significance of "nature" in Welty's work and/or life.

[UPDATE] Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 1:59pm
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Gordon College
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The submission deadline for the Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Colloquium has been extended to February 15, 2014.

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for the Fifth Annual LLUC taking place on March 29, 2014. Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

Small-Screen Souths: Interrogating the Televisual Archive (MLA 2015)

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:24pm
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Society for the Study of Southern Literature

From _The Beverly Hillbillies_ to _Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta_, much of the nation has long viewed the South through their televisions. In recent years, the advent of reality television's "hicksploitation" alongside the rise of scripted dramatic series such as _True Blood_ and _The Walking Dead_ has seemingly kept the South as a small-screen spectacle of wonder and exceptionalism. This panel interrogates these representations.

Imperialism in/and the South (MLA 2015)

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:18pm
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Society for the Study of Southern Literature

How and where does an American and/or U.S. (neo)imperialist logic map onto southern spaces? Given that recent critical work has considered the U.S. South as both an internal colonial space for the founding nation as well as a source of broader American imperialisms, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites abstracts for projects that consider the intersection of imperialism and the South — broadly defined.

2nd Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:37am
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European Scientific Institute, ESI, University of the Azores and Center for Law and Economic Studies, CEJE

After the successful 1st Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, AIIC 2013, 24-26 April, which gathered over 400 scientific articles by researchers from more than 100 countries all around the globe, the European Scientific Institute, ESI, University of the Azores and Center for Law and Economic Studies, CEJE are inviting you to attend the AIIC 2014 which will be held at the University of the Azores in Ponta Delgada.

Searching for Place: Interpretations of the Environment and Landscape

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 2:17pm
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University of Wyoming
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"It will soon be apparent that even though we gather together and look in the same directions at the same instant, we will not – we cannot – see the same landscape" (Meinig 33). D.W. Meinig's explanation of landscape perceptions demonstrates that a single interpretation of a landscape or environment fails to accommodate the subjective experiences of any group, regardless of the size. For example, Edward Abbey's response to the commodification of a river through damming establishes his view as conflicting with that of developers.

ROMOCOCO: June 2014, Denver, CO

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 1:49pm
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Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels

We are excited to announce that ROMOCOCO 2014 is now officially a part of Denver Comic Con! The literary conference will run concurrently with the comic book convention, from June 13-15, 2014, in Denver, Colorado. We're accepting proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and hour-long individual presentations from academic and independent scholars. We seek abstracts from all disciplinary and theoretical perspectives related to comic books and graphic novels. Editorial, pedagogical, interdisciplinary, and creative proposals are welcome, along with traditional academic papers. Multimedia equipment will be available to all presenters, and we encourage and prefer visually engaging presentations.

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