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{UPDATE} Queens of Crime Conference *Extended Deadline*

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:50am
Queens of Crime

Women authors have had a unique impact on crime fiction from the Victorian era to the present day. What is the relationship between gender and genre? What makes a Queen of Crime, in the past or the present?

Keynote Speakers:
Val McDermid
Dr Lee Horsley

CFP Kate Millett Conference - Deadline Approaching

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:30am
Sam McBean


Flying: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Kate Millett

30 May 2014
School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
Supported by the Feminist Review Trust

Keynote: Victoria Hesford (SUNY Stony Brook University), author of Feeling Women's Liberation (Duke UP, 2013)

The Literature of America's Colonies (MLA 2015; 3/15/2014)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 8:04pm
Karma Waltonen

We invite papers exploring the literature of America's present (and former) colonies. 300 word abstract and cv by 15 March 2014 for the MLA Convention (2015; Vancouver).

The Political Atwood (MLA 2015; 14 March 2014)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:53pm
The Margaret Atwood Society

Inviting papers discussing the political dimensions of Atwood's work, regardless of genre or publication date. Abstracts, 200-400 words by 14 March 2014; Denise DuVernay (

Multiethnic Maximalisms, MLA 2015

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 6:51pm
Brendan Beirne / New York University

This panel investigates the multiethnic dimension of 20th and 21st century maximalist works of art, cinema and literature. Do recent works by novelists such as Leslie Silko, Karen Yamashita, Anna Deveare Smith, Sergio de la Pava, Junot Diaz et al evince continuities with what Lawrence Buell has recently described (in The Dream of the Great American Novel) as "the minoritarian turn in protagonist-centric narrative from the mid-twentieth century onward," or are such works better understood as harbingers of a new relationship between ethnic-American writers / writing and forms of 'total fiction'?

Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 6:14pm
Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.

NeMLA April 30 - May 3, 2015, Toronto, ON Canada

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:13pm
Northeast Modern Language Association - Women's and Gender Studies Caucus

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus (WGSC) of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) welcomes session proposals (panel, roundtable, seminar) for the 2015 Convention in Toronto ON Canada, April 30 – May 3. The deadline for submission is April 22, 2014, and the online proposal form will be available mid-March. Please see

Please note that these are for session topics only. NeMLA does not accept pre-formed sessions. The full Call for Papers for approved sessions will be available online in June. The abstract submission deadline of individual papers for approved sessions will be September 30, 2014.

Environmental Unlikeness: Ecology and Nature in the Humanities

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:03pm
St. John's University

Abstracts 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

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.