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Extremist Latinos/as (MLA Vancouver, January 8-11)

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:09am
Modern Languages Association Annual Conference

In liberal democracies, it is commonly assumed that because extreme, radical, and marginal politics fall outside of the confines and vocabulary of the political center they, therefore, demonstrate a deficient capacity for rational deliberation. Although this distinction becomes murkier in the spheres of minority politics, the Latina/o political center might be thought of as a demand for cultural affirmation, in response to periods of psychological degradation and institutionalized discrimination. Within Latina/o criticism, some theorists go so far as to represent "Latinidad" as an exemplary political "center" for its perpetual mediation between ethnicities, cultures, geopolitical orders, and forms of life.

MLA 2015 Performing the aging memory (3/15/14)

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:36am
Age Studies Discussion Group, Valerie Lipscomb

In light of the 2015 MLA theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory, the Age Studies Discussion Group will propose a special session that considers the intersection of age, performance, and memory. How is remembering-or not remembering–performed or performative? How is the aging self defined by the ability to remember? How is the aging body performed as a site of memory? Consideration of any genre is welcome: memory plays, memoir, film, etc. Send 300-word abstract and CV by March 15 to Valerie Lipscomb, Panelists must be MLA members by April 1.

Kathy Acker in the Classroom (MLA 2015, January 8-11, Vancouver BC)

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 1:44pm
Kevin L. Ferguson / Modern Language Association

This proposed special session will center on the problems and pleasures of teaching Kathy Acker.

Sample topics: pornography, plagiarism/appropriation, visual literature, narrative, childhood, autobiography.

500 word abstract & 150-200 word bio by 15 March 2014.

Participation requires MLA membership by April 1, 2014.

Amiri Baraka and the African American Essay (MLA panel; 3/15/14)

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:40pm
MLA divisions on Black American Literature and Culture & Nonfiction Prose

Critical reassessments of Baraka as essayist. Appraisals of individual works or overall career welcome, especially in African American essay tradition. 300-word abstract and brief bio by March 15 to

Cosponsored by the MLA divisions on Black American Literature and Culture & Nonfiction Prose.

MLA 15: Narrating Madness and Autism

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:13pm
Jonathan Gagas

This non-guaranteed special session invites papers addressing how narratives of psychosis, mood disorders, or autism (in any medium, genre, or period) change our understanding of the ethics and phenomenology of reading, viewing, or listening. I welcome disability studies critiques of concepts of madness or autism, histories of medical or psychological narratives, and philosophy of psychology and psychiatry analyses of cognition, affect, volition, or hermeneutics in narratives of madness or autism conceptualized as real experiences of distress, impairment, and different mental structures. Please submit 350-word abstracts and CVs to Jonathan Gagas, Temple University ( by March 15, 2014.

Writing Home: Battle Front and Home Front Children's Literature of the First World War

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:16am
MLA: Nonguaranteed Session in Children's Literature

Children at home dream of war; children in war zones dream of home. War poets such as Robert Service, Wilfred Owen, and Robert Graves were haunted by childhood narratives of home and play, to the point where they were interpreting their own immediate experience through lenses tinted by memory and childish linguistic patterns; novelists such as L.M. Montgomery, Kate Seredy, and Ethel Turner became increasingly obsessed with the identity of place and how war expands (and sometimes explodes) a community's sense of self.

Transcendentalism and Temporality - MLA - deadline March 15

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 8:13pm
The Thoreau Society

Call for Papers: "Transcendentalism and Temporality" (The Thoreau Society at MLA)

The Thoreau Society will hold this session at the 2015 Modern Language Association Annual Convention (Jan. 8-11, 2015, in Vancouver B.C.). We seek proposals for 15-minute papers addressing temporality, (dis)continuity, and/or temporal "transits," as Stacy Alaimo has used that term, in the works of Thoreau and his immediate contemporaries in American Transcendentalism. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief cv by 15 March 2014 to Rochelle Johnson (

UPDATE New Literatures in English

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:19am
New Literatures in English

Title of the book: New Literatures in English
Editor: Dr R.P. Singh
Associate Professor
Department of English and Modern European Languages,
University of Lucknow
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The proposed book seeks to examine various aspects of New Literatures in English with special reference to the following:
1. Making of New Literatures
2. Postcolonialism
3. Postmodernism
4. Identity formation in New Literature
5. Diaspora Literature
6. Canadian Literature in English

UPDATE Canadian Literature

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:08am
Canadian Literature

Call for Paper on
Canadian Literature
Contact Email:
The proposed book seeks to examine various aspects of Canadian Literature with reference to the following:
1. Making of Canadian Literature
2. Challenges before Canadian Literature
3. Code of History in Canada
4. Code of Gender in Canada
5. Code of Fantasy in Canada
6. Code of Folklore in Canada
7. Identity formation in Canadian Literature
8. South Asian Diaspora in Canada
9. Canadian Poetry
10. Canadian Novel
11. Canadian Drama
12. Canadian Criticism
13. Northrop Frye
14. A L Purdy
15. D.G.Jones
16. b.p.Nichol

Portals Comparative Literature Journal Now Accepting Submissions

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 12:22am
Portals Comparative Literature Journal/CLSA at San Francisco State University

Portals Literary Journal is accepting submissions for our Spring 2014 issue.
full name / name of organization:
San Francisco State University, Comparative Literature Student Association
contact email:
2014 Call for Submissions
Portals is currently accepting submissions for our Spring 2014 issue.

Submission deadline: March 7, 2014.

Portals invites original critical essays and short creative fiction that explore comparative literary topics across cultural, regional, linguistic, and temporal boundaries for the Spring 2012 issue. This edition will be available in scholarly journal listings worldwide.

Sincerity and Authenticity in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture—RMMLA November 9-11, 2014, Boise, Idaho.

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 10:05pm

This panel proposes to explore notions of sincerity and authenticity in contemporary literary and cultural productions of any nationality. In what ways do such texts shrug off the lament of the postmodern era that a highly mediated and wholly commodified world empties social, cultural, and political life of any "real" content? Do these newer texts contest earlier notions of sincerity and authenticity or amend them? Can such texts said to be creating a grammar or rhetoric of sincerity? Papers might explore this topic with regard to aesthetics, economics, culture, race, class, gender, or nationality.

Please send a 300 word abstract and short bio to by February 28th.

Liminality in American Literature

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 4:19pm
PAMLA Conference 2014, Riverside, CA

This panel welcomes papers considering the role and function of liminality, liminal personas, and liminal landscapres in works of American Literature. Paper topics are not limited to, but may include, the application of Arnold van Gennep, Victor Turner, Pat Mora, and Gloria Anzaldua. Papers should explore the connection between liminality and the American understanding of land, race, gender, identity, genre, or reality (though other considerations are welcome).