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MLA 2015 Vancouver - Nabokov and History

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:50am
International Vladimir Nabokov Society

Nabokov and History: Nabokov's life and work as framed by historical moments and crises, including personal crises (migrations, assassination of V.D. Nabokov, affairs and near-affairs, death of Sergei, Cold War; the traces of history in his art; Nabokov's downplaying of the importance of history (the Bolshevik Revolution was both "that trite deux ex machina" and a series of "fabulous upheavals"); his construction of himself as a historical figure in his own right; the boundaries of/cross-fertilization among autobiography, historiography, and literary scholarship. 300 word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Zoran Kuzmanovich (

Cosmo-graphies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space. Falmouth University 24-25th July 2014. CFP deadline 25 April 2014.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 6:03am
Dr. Niamh Downing/Falmouth University

Cosmo-graphies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space
2-day conference, Falmouth University 24-25 July 2014

Supported by the British Interplanetary Society

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Chris Welch – Professor of Astronautics (ISU, Strasbourg), and Vice-President of the British Interplanetary Society

Prof. Philip Gross – Professor of Creative Writing (Glamorgan, UK), T. S. Eliot prizewinner and author of Deep Field (2011)

WSQ Call for Papers, Poetry and Prose: CHILD Issue

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:46pm
WSQ at the Feminist Press

Call for Papers, Poetry and Prose

WSQ Special Issue, Spring 2015: CHILD

Guest Editors: Sarah Chinn and Anna Mae Duane

Children have always been fraught subjects for feminist scholarship. Women are alternately infantilized and subsumed in service of children. Indeed, nowhere are women's rights more assiduously attacked than around the question of their biological capacity to bear and raise children. Our concerns in this issue of WSQ, though, are children and childhood themselves: representations of children, children's experiences, and children's place in the world.

Xenophile calls for undergraduate/graduate comparative literature papers - deadline: March 15th, 2013

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:51pm

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia is currently seeking submissions for its second issue of Xenophile, an up-and-coming comparative literature journal. We would like to invite you to take part in this great publishing opportunity. Xenophile will feature the works of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world from diverse disciplines. This is the perfect chance for undergraduate students seeking their first (or second, or third) scholarly publication, as well as for graduate students hoping to reach a new audience.

Poetics of Erasure (MLA 2015 Special Session)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:36pm
Modern Language Association

Can erasure enable artistic and cultural production? The poetics—and politics—of extinction, invisibility, ephemerality, forgetting, or obscurity across genres (e.g., literature, non-fiction, film, or visual art).

Send 500-word max abstracts and CV to Michael Nicholson at or Amy Wong at by 15 March 2014.

[UPDATE] Academic Novels: Beyond the Canon? (Special Session Proposal, MLA 2015 Vancouver, January 8-11)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:15pm
Ian Butcher, Duquesne University

What constitutes the canon of academic novels? Discussion of the genre has tended to focus on a limited number of novels. On the British side, C. P. Snow's The Masters, Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim, David Lodge's campus trilogy (Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work), and A. S. Byatt's Possession dominate. For American academe, a similarly small number have dominion over the field: Mary McCarthy's The Groves of Academe, Randall Jarrell's Pictures from an Institution, Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin, Bernard Malamud's A New Life, Jane Smiley's Moo, Richard Russo's Straight Man, and Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. If these novels are taken to constitute the academic novel canon, as it were, what picture of academe emerges from them?

Memory Economies

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 5:09pm
MLA 2015, Vancouver (January 8-11)

What is the relationship between memory and multiple economies: cultural, social, somatic, transnational, capitalist, environmental? The OED defines "economy" as "the way in which something is managed; the management of resources." This seminar is interested in the way memories are managed in a cultural, socio-political, and economic sense. It seeks to explore how and for whom memory constitutes a resource that exists in, as well as independently of various economies and what this means for individuals, societies, and global or transnational communities.

CFP: Modernism and Climate Change (MSA 16) Deadline April 25, 2014.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:23pm
John McIntyre

This is a CFP for the upcoming MSA 16 conference in Pittsburgh for a panel called "Modernism and Climate Change." This panel will examine modernist representations of climate and climatic events, particularly as they explore both the individual's relationship to climate and the ways in which climatic events are understood, represented, and responded to across modernist literature and culture. Paper proposals are welcome that address any of the following issues: how are the climate and climatic events and effects—such as heat waves, floods, droughts, and extreme meteorological events-- represented in specific modernist texts? How do individuals respond to and understand such events? How are modernist subjects implicated in and shaped by climate?

"Immigration and Comics": MLA, Vancouver (January 8-11, 2015)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:12pm
Jointly sponsored by MLA Division on European Literary Relations and the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives

Recently, the Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration in Paris staged an exhibition "Albums-Bande dessinée et immigration: 1913-2013" (October 16, 2013 – April 27, 2014) which brought together comics sketches and magazines from 1913 to the present that depict the immigrant experience and how immigrants on the fringes of society are attracted to the comics medium. According to the exhibit's Curator Hélène Bouillon, "every comic about immigration is a story about an individual, and every comic about this theme wants to show… a story about humanity…a universal story." In fact, from Richard F.

"Modernist Studies and the 'Angloworld': Confluence or Division?" MSA 16, Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:00pm
Maxwell Uphaus, Columbia University

Historical debate about the "British world" has recently been galvanized by James Belich's ambitious Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld, 1783-1939 (2009). For Belich, the "Angloworld" is the decentralized but interconnected unit formed by Great Britain; its settler colonies in Canada, South Africa, and Australasia; and the United States. He argues that US and British expansion in the long nineteenth century share a common history as parts of a general "Anglo divergence," a massive surge in Anglophone settlement that far surpassed that of other Europeans.

Modernist Studies Association Conference, 6-9 November 2014; "Modernity, Contingency, Community" panel

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 2:38pm
Steph Brown/University of Arizona; Thomas Claviez/University of Bern

The Confluence and Division website poses the question "How can modernist practices, aesthetics, and formations be situated within or in relation to modernity's energies, imagined as layers, structures, and figures of confluence and division?" We suggest that modernist representations of contingency afford unique ways of situating these energies in a variety of aesthetic, political, and philosophical contexts. Our panel proposes to examine texts, artifacts, and modernist contexts in which communities are constructed in relation to, and make productive use of, a phenomenon that has been identified as one of the key characteristics of modernity: that of contingency.

American Literature after 1900 panel - 2014 RMMLA

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12:59pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)

American Literature after 1900

We welcome paper proposals on a wide variety of topics spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, including but certainly not limited to:

American Modernism
American Realism, Naturalism
Southern Gothic
Women's Studies
LGBTQ Studies
Psychoanalytic Theory
Minority Literatures
American Capitalism
Violence and Trauma Studies
Novel Studies
Poetry Studies
Short Fiction Studies

Cliché - Issue 18, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts. 20 March 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:32am
FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts


As writers and academics we fear having our work criticised as cliché; yet, we continue to repeat and overwork certain ideas to the brink. If we are to believe Marshall McLuhan, "it is the worn out cliché that reveals the creative or archetypal processes in language as in all other processes and artifacts" (Cliché to Archetype 127). The pursuit of newness requires us to label precursors as old and eventually worn out, thereby rendering them cliché. At the same time, a phrase, symbol, or trope would not be used to the point of cliché if it did not continue to strike a chord with so many artists or thinkers. Clichés are cultural relics reread and relocated as benchmarks for new art and interpretation.

MLA 2015: No Strings Attached: The MacArthur Fellows Program and Contemporary American Literature

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12:21am
Marcy J. Dinius

This proposed special session at the 2015 MLA Convention in Vancouver will consider the influence of the so-called MacArthur "Genius Grants" on contemporary American literature. Since 1981, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation annually has bestowed substantial "no strings attached" grants to American writers as an "investment" in their "originality, insight, and potential." Especially welcome are papers assessing any aspect of the literary "returns" on these "investments"; how the grants interact with--or challenge--the dynamics of the traditional literary marketplace; and the grants situated within a long view of American writers' means of support (patronage, editing, teaching, other day jobs, prize collecting).


Monday, February 17, 2014 - 6:34pm
Robert Frost Review

The Robert Frost Review is planning a special double issue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of both A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914). The Robert Frost Review welcomes all articles on any aspect of the poems, history, or reception of either or both books. Please send electronic attachments of manuscripts no longer than 5,000 words in MLA style before July 2014 to for full consideration.