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Inaugural issue of the James Baldwin Review

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:15am
James Baldwin Review

The James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. An Open Access online publication, The James Baldwin Review will bring together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical and creative work on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin' writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.
Deadline for submissions: Sept 30th, 2014. Submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word abstract. Detailed submission instructions can be found on our website:

Diasporic Others: Italian Canadian Literature in Context

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:53am
MLA Italian American Discussion Group--Jim Cocola

For Italian American Discussion Group panel at MLA conference in Vancouver, January 8-11, 2015, seeking considerations of literary works by Italian Canadians, other ethnic Canadians, others from the Italian diaspora in the U.S., the Americas, the world. Send 300 word abstracts by 18 March 2014 to Jim Cocola (

Texts and Contexts Critical Companion to World Literatures in English

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 3:28am
Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.

The Risks of Metatextuality: On the Forms and Processes of Authorial Commentary

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 2:49am
Interférences littéraires / Literaire interferenties: A Multilingual e-Journal of Literary Studies

This issue of Interférences littéraires / Literaire interferenties aims to explore the risks and problems involved in authorial commentary, whether in the form of prefaces, interviews, essays or letters: What risks are involved for authors who produce or leave traces of their reflections on their oeuvre and lives? What sorts of critique may they evoke? What are the risks of specific paratextual genres, and how do authors acknowledge, anticipate and confront these particular risks? More broadly, how do these authors – as well as their editors, readers, and critics – conceive of or confront these risks?

[UPDATE] MLA 2015: Narrating Disaster in an Era of Global Climate Change (8-11 January; Vancouver, Canada)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 1:22am
Christopher Walker

This proposed special session will examine the events, geographies, temporalities, and genres of Global Climate Change. In the wake of 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this session will ask how the technical language of risk assessment—"exceptionally unlikely" to "virtually certain"—is narrated in different media to capture the unfolding and impending harm to humans and non-humans?; how can the imperatives of global social justice be addressed alongside pressing environmental crises?; what frameworks might address the uneven geographic distribution of harms and articulate the incremental yet inevitable pace of sea-level rise, desertification, and biodiversity loss?

Sustainable Work, Invisible Class, Unpaid Labor, and Forgotten Culture in American Literature

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:32am
Owen Cantrell

In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel will investigate the difficulties with sustainable representations of work, class, and labor in American literature. As the predominant American myth of success states that class is but a transitory state, making work, labor, and social class an important part of the literary and academic conversation remains a struggle for scholars interested in these issues. The questions we are interested in posing in this session are: How can scholars emphasize a focus on issues of class, work, and labor in American literature? How can this emphasis be sustained as part of a larger conversation with American literary scholarship?

Environmental Unlikeness: Ecology and Nature in the Humanities

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 9:18pm
St. John's University

Abstract Deadline: February 14th

The St. John's English Graduate Conference is proud to announce its keynote speakers: Jamie "Skye" Bianco, New York University, Karl Steel, Brooklyn College, CUNY Grad Center and Steve Mentz, St. John's University

CFP: Wealth and the Commons

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:28pm
United States Association of Commonwealth Lit and Lang Studies

"Wealth and the Commons"

A conference organized by the United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS)

October 12-13, 2014
Sugar Land Marriott Town Square
near Houston, Texas

Call for papers:

Edith Wharton

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 3:11pm
PAMLA Conference, 2014

This panel welcomes papers written on the works of Edith Wharton. Ideas include but are not limited to the following topics: Wharton's narrative style, the appearance of New York society in her works, how time creates distance between the old and the new, social expectations concerning manners, the commodity of marriage, choices for women, sexuality, or Wharton's connection to Henry James.

Please submit all proposals to and include your name, the name of the organization/institution with which you are affiliated, the title of your submission, and a proposal for your paper (approximately 250 words).

Please direct all questions to the email address above.

Deviance in Culture and Society (journal; manuscript submissions due 3/14/14)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:20pm
PROTEUS: A Journal of Ideas

Proteus: A Journal of Ideas seeks submissions for our upcoming issue, "Deviance in Culture and Society." We are soliciting articles and creative works from a wide range of disciplines that reflect upon the issue's theme. We are looking for broad theoretical inquiries, individual case studies, and traditional scholarly articles related to the theme. Additionally, we strongly encourage submissions of theme-related photographs, poetry, and creative writing.

Proteus is a refereed, open access online journal that has been published continuously for more than twenty-five years and has featured the work of leading international scholars and commentators.

"Women's Voices in Poetry," 2014 RMMLA Convention, Boise, Idaho, October 9-11, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:55am
Ruth Oldman / Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

This session invites proposals that address any aspect of women's voices in poetry to be delivered at the 2014 RMMLA Convention in Boise, Idaho, 9-11 October 2014. Topics that could be explored, but are certainly not limited to:

• How women poets address patriarchy.
• Social versus private poetry.
• Constructions of race, sexuality, and gender.
• Relationships (e.g. reader-writer, mother, lover, with self) or rejection of relationships.
• Oppression and its manifestations.