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UPDATE: Experimentalism Then and Now. FEBRUARY 7th Proposal Deadline

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:20am
Yale English Department 20/21 Colloquium And the American Literature Association’s Society for Contemporary Literature

The Yale University 20/21 Colloquium and the Society for Contemporary Literature invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at a one-day symposium addressing the theme "1914/2014: Experimentalism then and Now." 2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities in the Great War, offering an opportunity to look back on the pivotal year of 1914, when the Gilded Age tripped into the trenches. A hundred years after the publication of James Joyce's Dubliners, Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, Stein's Tender Buttons, Sigmund Freud's The Wolfman, and the first issues of Blast, The Little Review, and The New Republic, this symposium seeks fresh readings of modernist classics and invites speculation about the new directions of experimentalism in literature today.

The First Biennial John Dos Passos Conference (10-11 October. Chattanooga, TN)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:10am
The John Dos Passos Society

The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its first biennial conference. Prompted by the centennial of The Great War, a formative event in Dos Passos's life and career, this conference will facilitate discussion of the author's responses to war and other defining features of the early twentieth-century in his major and minor works. The meeting will conclude with an address by John Dos Passos Coggin, who will speak about his grandfather's "writing life" as it compared with the styles and habits of his friends Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

MLA 2015: Place of South Asian Americans in Asian American Literary Studies (Jan. 8-11; Vancouver, Canada)

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:56pm
Binod Paudyal

The place of South Asian Americans within the canon of Asian American studies is still peripheral. Although critics like Lisa Lowe and Kandice Chuh have strongly argued for redefining Asian American studies as more inclusive and heterogeneous, a majority of Asian Americanists still seem hesitant to include and acknowledge South Asians in Asian American literary studies.

Philamet Issue 20 - Humour CFP

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 10:20pm
Philament, Thue University of Sydney Journal of the Arts

Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture that is affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites postgraduate students and early-career scholars to submit academic papers and creative works for a forthcoming issue on the theme of humour. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Humour and identity
- Laughter
- Humour and music
- Satire
- Parody
- Humour and politics
- Psychology of humour
- Humour in the humanities
- Humour and truthfulness
- Black humour
- Cultural humour
- Irony and sincerity
- Humour and emotions
- Forms of humour
- Humour and feminism

Troubling Interpretation: Settler-Colonial Theory Applied to Settler Writings (MLA 2015)

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 9:16pm
Pamela Grieman

Settler colonialism can be described as a transnationalist mode of critical inquiry whose logics of elimination and displacement have structured the appropriation of land in different places at different times.The United States, one can argue, is in the final stages of settler colonialism, having completed the expropriation of the majority of indigenous lands, whereas Palestine still struggles against the settlement of its territories. In Patrick Wolfe's formulation, settler colonialism differs from colonialism through its enactment of the logic of erasure—the attempt to displace the native, to lay claim to indigenous lands, and therefore to eliminate indigenous peoples and their cultures altogether.

The Poetry of Theodore Roethke

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:11pm
William Barillas, University of Wisconsin-La Croose

Contributors sought for a collection of short essays, each focused on a poem by Theodore Roethke, to be published by a university press. Intended for a readership of students and teachers as well as scholars, the book will advance Roethke criticism by presenting original and highly specific commentary on individual poems. Essays are to be about 2000 words in length and must involve close textual reading of a single poem. Writers may explicate a short poem or passage from a long poem, or analyze one aspect of a poem (such as diction, imagery, figurative language, symbolism, sound devices, meter, etc.). All critical approaches are welcome, including historicism, gender studies, reader-response, and ecocriticism.

Transformations - 30 May 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 6:00pm
University College London

This year's UCL English Department Graduate Conference seeks to explore the nature of transformation and the many possible meanings this can hold for the wide diaspora of text production and consumption. Over the past century the study of English literature has undergone vast transformations, prompting academics and writers to re-evaluate the concept of the 'canon', examine practices of reading, and consider the cultural impact of texts and criticism. We invite students across periods and disciplines to explore the theme of 'transformations'.

ELN 53.1: Sexing the Left

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 3:48pm

"Sexing the Left": English Language Notes 53.1 (Spring/Summer 2015)

Representing play and games in English-speaking literature (19th—21st centuries) 06/14/2014 Paris, France

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 3:02pm
University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Representing play and games in English-speaking literature (19th—21st centuries)
A one-day conference organized by OVALE and VALE EA4085 – Paris IV Sorbonne

June 14th, 2014
Maison de la Recherche – Paris IV Sorbonne
28, rue Serpente, 75006 Paris

Keynote speaker: Joyce Goggin, Universiteit Van Amsterdam

"Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it".
(Walt Whitman, « Song of Myself »)

[UPDATE: Extended Deadline] Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia (May 16-17, 2014) [CFP due February 12]

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 2:38pm
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Transatlantic Ecologies seeks readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and global thought in the early modern period. When discussing burgeoning forms of early modern ecological awareness, how should we account for the complex networks of knowledge construction in the Atlantic world resulting from the confluence of European, African, and Amerindian cultures? And, how do nonhumans figure into this network? Namely, how do we account for the influence of diverse New World ecologies and changing conceptions of land, space, animal consciousness, and ecological interdependence?

Reading Environment(s) in the Works of Eudora Welty; SCMLA 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 2:26pm
The Eudora Welty Society

In her autobiography, One Writer's Beginning, Eudora Welty recounts the disappointment she felt as a child when she first learned that "books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass." Looking to unpack the implications of this youthful conception of literature, one that blurs the lines between natural phenomenon and cultural production, the Eudora Welty Society invites paper proposals that explore the significance of "nature" in Welty's work and/or life.

[UPDATE] Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 1:59pm
Gordon College

The submission deadline for the Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Colloquium has been extended to February 15, 2014.

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for the Fifth Annual LLUC taking place on March 29, 2014. Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

Small-Screen Souths: Interrogating the Televisual Archive (MLA 2015)

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:24pm
Society for the Study of Southern Literature

From _The Beverly Hillbillies_ to _Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta_, much of the nation has long viewed the South through their televisions. In recent years, the advent of reality television's "hicksploitation" alongside the rise of scripted dramatic series such as _True Blood_ and _The Walking Dead_ has seemingly kept the South as a small-screen spectacle of wonder and exceptionalism. This panel interrogates these representations.

Imperialism in/and the South (MLA 2015)

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:18pm
Society for the Study of Southern Literature

How and where does an American and/or U.S. (neo)imperialist logic map onto southern spaces? Given that recent critical work has considered the U.S. South as both an internal colonial space for the founding nation as well as a source of broader American imperialisms, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites abstracts for projects that consider the intersection of imperialism and the South — broadly defined.