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Victorian Women Travelers- March 15, 2014 [UPDATE]

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 2:23pm
Precious McKenzie, Rocky Mountain College

This edited collection of essays explores the ways Victorian women negotiated constructs of gender, society, and the politics of performance in their travels. Possible topics related to women travelers include: Modes of travel (in fiction or nonfiction);Sports; Medicine & Health; Science; Women's Rights; Technology; War & Diplomacy; The Arts.

Paper proposals are due by March 15, 2014. Email proposals and cv to: Precious McKenzie, Assistant Professor of English, Rocky Mountain College,
Authors will be notified by April 15, 2014, if their proposal has been accepted. Completed essays will be due December 1, 2014. For consistency, please use Chicago Style.

CFP: MLA 2015 Special Session: "Women on the Wrong Side of History?"

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:29pm
Emily MN KUgler

In Emma Rothschild's recent study of what she terms "the inner life of empire," she uses the microhistory of one family to tell "a story of the multiple or multiplier effects of empire." Building the case that these "minor figures" were emblematic of "the vast changes of the times."

How can further research on women on "the wrong side of history" and their literary contributions, material traces, and political work, (broadly defined) contribute to our understanding of literary and cultural sites ranging from the long eighteenth century through the present day?

Lydia Millet: A Roundtable (MLA, Jan. 8-11, 2015, Vancouver)

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:01pm
Samuel Cohen/University of Missouri

A consideration of Lydia Millet, important and under-considered US writer. Assessments of individual works and of her relation to literary history, politics, and environmentalism welcome.

250-word abstract & CV by 15 March 2014.

Writing Rock (MLA, Jan. 8-11, 2015, Vancouver)

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:58am
Samuel Cohen//University of Missouri

A panel on writing (critical and creative) about rock music. Interested in the history, cultural significance, and aesthetics of rock and writing about it.

250-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014.

Gender, Identity and Sexuality for NEPCA conference; deadline May 26, 2014; conference 10/24-25

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:11am
Northeast Popular Culture Association

Currently soliciting proposals for the upcoming NEPCA conference at Providence College in Providence, RI, October 24/25, 1014.

Papers may deal with any aspect of gender and identity, sex and sexuality in popular culture. Papers focusing on recent public and media discourses regarding discriminatory legislation or sexuality in professional sports are especially welcome, though papers on all topics with the areas listed are encouraged.

Please submit a 250-word abstract, as an attachment in MSWord, to Dr. Donald P. Gagnon at the email address listed. Please include your university or college affiliation and preferred email and telephone contact information. Deadline for submissions is May 26.

Margaret Atwood Studies [rolling submissions]

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 10:33am
The Margaret Atwood Society

Margaret Atwood Studies, the journal of The Margaret Atwood Society, invites submissions on a rolling basis from both members and nonmembers. Essays submitted must be the original work of the author(s) and neither published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere. Essays should be focused primarily on the work of Margaret Atwood, between 2,500 and 7000 words, double-spaced, and documented following the conventions outlined in the latest MLA Handbook. To facilitate blind review, submissions should include a cover sheet with contact information and include no references to authorship in the essay. Submit via email as an attachment to Dr. Karma Waltonen at

13th International Connotations Symposium - Poetic Justice: Legal, Ethical, and Aesthetic Judgments in Literary Texts

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 9:15am
Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate

The first textbook definition of the concept of poetic justice goes back to Thomas Rymer's The Tragedies of the Last Age Consider'd (1678). According to him, the term signified "the distribution, at the end of a literary work, of earthly rewards and punishments in proportion to the virtue or vice of the various characters" (Abrams, Glossary of Literary Terms 299-300). The introduction of virtue and vice into the concept immediately refers to a moral dimen-sion; on aesthetic grounds, however, it was soon (and has continued to be) criticized.

Forever: University of Toronto Graduate Conference, May 15-16 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:10am
English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.

CFPs: MLA proposed panels that deal with Arab/Arabic literature & culture (Vancouver, 8-11 Jan. 2015)

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 2:31pm
MLA (Modern Language Association) Division for Arabic Lit. and Culture

Dear colleagues,

Please find below a list of proposed MLA panels that deal with Arab/Arabic literature and culture for the 30th annual convention scheduled to be held in Vancouver, 8-11 Jan. 2015.

Please feel free to circulate this CFP as widely as you can among your colleagues and students.

Please note the deadline for each panel; panels have different deadlines.


Suha Kudsieh
On behalf of the Executive Committee for the MLA Division for Arabic Literature and Culture

1) Panel s Proposed by the MLA Division for Arabic Literature and Culture:

[UPDATE] The AnaChronisT journal (4/25/2014)

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 1:39pm
The AnaChronisT

The AnaChronisT 18 invites research papers, interviews, and book reviews on literatures in English for its next issue, to be published in 2014. Papers are to be sent to The AnaChronisT (Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, H–1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5.) by Friday, 25 April 2014. Note that this is an extended deadline.

The AnaChronisT welcomes submissions by graduate and doctoral students as well as academics. The requirements of application are as follows:

- one hard copy of the essay sent to the above address;