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UPDATE Extended Deadline (Feb 15)--Herman Melville's Poetic (Dis)continuities ALA May 22-25, 2014

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:20am
full name / name of organization: 
The Melville Society / ALA
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Herman Melville's poetry and poetic career can be characterized as distinctly lacking in continuity. Not only does his turn to poetry signal a dramatic shift in his life's work, his poems and collections typically defy patterns of continuum—poems embedded into prose pieces, collections strikingly departing from each other thematically and stylistically, publication ambitions and relationships to readers inconsistent and nebulous. Within individual poems, too, we witness Melville's stylistic and philosophical fissions, abrasions, and reversals.

Modernist Studies Association: Nov. 6-9, 2014 / Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:47am
full name / name of organization: 
Modernist Studies Association
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The annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association will be held at the historic Omni William Penn hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014. Hosted by Duquesne University and co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Featuring plenary addresses by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Meta DuEwa Jones, Colin MacCabe, David Trotter, and Laura Marcus.

We invite proposals for panels, seminars, roundtables, and digital exhibits; deadlines are included in the link below, between Feb. 28 and May 9 depending on the proposed format.

http://msa.press.jhu.edu/conferences/msa16/cfp.html

[Update] Post-9/11 Literature and Media (abstracts due January 31st)

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:12am
full name / name of organization: 
Paul Petrovic
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I seek proposed chapters for a collection of essays tackling emergent post-9/11 literature and media. An academic publisher has already expressed interest in this collection.

While several books already exist that cover post-9/11 literature, they typically camp out on the usual suspects (Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Jonathan Safran Foer, Oliver Stone, Paul Greengrass). In contrast, the primary aim of this collection is to broaden that coverage by gathering together articles on newer fiction and examining how these diverse texts complicate and expand upon the initial wave of post-9/11 media.

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference, July 4, 2014, Lancaster, UK

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:23am
full name / name of organization: 
Lancaster University’s department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,
July 4, 2014

Lancaster University's department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.

Fantastika, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.

SCMLA Session: "Black Nationalisms" (abstracts due 3/31)

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 4:12pm
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South Central Modern Language Association
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BLACK NATIONALISMS

This is a regular session sponsored by the African American Literature Studies group within the SCMLA. For this year's panel, the group invites papers that examine racial solidarity as it is envisioned, advocated, challenged, or otherwise reflected upon within African American literature from any period.

The 2014 SCMLA Annual Convention will be held on October 18-22 in Austin, TX. Abstracts for the "Black Nationalisms" session should be 250-300 words and must be submitted via email attachment by March 31. Please email submissions to mchooper@pvamu.edu.

M. Clay Hooper
Assistant Professor of English
Prairie View A&M University

Literatures of the North American West (MLA, Vancouver, 2015)

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 3:09pm
full name / name of organization: 
Elisabeth Bayley/Western Literature Association
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Affiliate Organization Session of the Western Literature Association

In continuation of the Western Literature Association 2014 conference theme, we welcome any papers on the literatures of the North American West: possible topics include, border crossings broadly interpreted, first nations/Native American writing, depictions of the cowgirl/cowboy, the storyteller, and settings/ecocritical depictions or interpretations of western writing.

Please send a 300 word abstract to Elisabeth Bayley at wlamla2015@gmail.com

Deadline for Submission is March 7, 2014

Researching Performance For / By/ With Young People


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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:51pm
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Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association Canadienne de la Recherche Théâtrale Conference

Child, baby, girl, boy, youth, juvenile, adolescent, young adult, young people are all age-bounded categories, laden with assumptions about who does and does not belong to them. They often suggest a state of becoming and borders to cross on the way to something else – usually adulthood. Those categories profoundly colour the way that artists produce work, institutions engage with young audiences and young performers, and influence the way we as scholars engage with our own research about and with young people within the context of theatre and performance studies.

UPDATE Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:52am
full name / name of organization: 
Jeffrey Webb / Huntington University
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ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore in 2015. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.

Comics panel at ASA American Studies Association conference in Los Angeles

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:32am
full name / name of organization: 
Eyal Amiran
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A panel on American comics is forming for the ASA in Los Angeles, November 2014. Panel proposals are due by February 2, so I need to receive a short abstract and your cv by JANUARY 28, 2014.

How do comics engage the public sphere and what work do they perform for collective thought? What ideological, political, and sexual concerns do they engage? Theoretical approaches are encouraged. Work on Krazy Kat, Prince Valiant, Mickey Mouse, Little Sammy Sneeze, and early work welcome, along with work on Fantomah, Batman, and other later magical figures. Participants will need to be members of ASA for the event.

[UPDATE] Reminder: First Book Institute Applications Due by 2/17 (Hard Deadline)

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:57am
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Center for American Literary Studies (CALS)
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Announcing

The 2014 First Book Institute

June 8-14, 2014

Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at Pennsylvania State University

Co-Directors

Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book

Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Duke University and Editor of American Literature

Conference and Publication: Contemporary Literary Theory and Contemporary Interpretation of Literature

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 5:19am
full name / name of organization: 
Cusanuswerk

The Cusanuswerk is the scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany and awards government scholarships to exceptionally gifted students and researchers in all branches of academic study. For more information, please visit www.cusanuswerk.org

--- Conference and Publication: Contemporary Literary Theory and Contemporary Interpretation of Literature ---

The Cusanuswerk invites academic personnel, senior students; PHD candidates and Post-Doctoral researchers to submit previously unpublished papers on the topics of contemporary literary theory and/or contemporary interpretations of literary texts.

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