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Sholem Aleykhem: New Perspectives in Comparative Context (Edited Volume): 300-word abstract by July 30, 2015. Papers 10/30.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:55pm
Universitas Press

This edited volume marking the centennial of Sholem Aleykhem's death (May 1916), will explore the writer's vast contributions to Yiddish literature through comparison with authors of other national literatures. The aim of the collection is to analyze the work of this foundational Yiddish writer in comparative context in order to bring to light hitherto unexplored aspects of his achievements. Often called "the Jewish Mark Twain" – due to similar writing style and use of pen name – Sholem Aleykhem's favorite writers spanned the spectrum of world literature – among them: Sterne, Dickens, Twain, Tolstoy and Gorky.

Submit your poems to These Fragile Lilacs

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:01pm
These Fragile Lilacs Poetry Magazine

The deadine for submissions for our inaugural volume is May 31, 2015.

Guidelines (full guidelines can be found at )

Send poetry submissions to

Please do *not* include any attachments; instead, paste the poems you would like to be submitted directly into your email. You may submit up to five poems per submission cycle.

Include a short (2 to 3 sentence) biography with your submission.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your poetry gets accepted elsewhere, please let us know ASAP.

We try to respond within four to six weeks, but, usually, we will get back to you within two weeks.

MPCA- Southern Literature and Popular Culture

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:40pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association

Call for Papers
The Southern Literature and Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held Oct. 1-4 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH.
The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of Southern literature or popular culture. This includes works by southerners OR about the south. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:
- Literature (either Southern in setting, by author, or theme)
-Television (Justified, Southern reality television shows including Duck Dynasty, etc)
- Film and Theatre

BIRTH STUDIES AREA MPCA/ACA Oct. 1-4, 2015 (deadline: April 30)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:31pm
Todd Comer

Papers and panel proposals focused around the cultural framing or representation (in comics, film, literature, religious and medical practices, etc.) of birth or the birthing process are welcome. I welcome any theoretical or critical approaches that address birth (understood broadly). Having said that, here is a particular issue of interest:

REOPENED: The[?] Archive- special edition of the journal Critical Survey

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 1:42pm
Critical Survey

In almost a reactionary response to New Criticism and a development from Historicism, literary researchers are using archival research more and more to develop textual analysis. Whether this research is more historically based or is textual to the point of analysing printing ink and the construction of a text, special collections, museum, and archives are considered a valuable resource. Even in the abstract, the idea of 'the' archive, while being embraced is simultaneously being challenged both for its exclusions and its very definition. How has the/an archive or the very idea of an archive affected/enhanced your own work?

Narrative and Time: Timely and Untimely Interventions in Contemporary U.S. Fiction (PAMLA, 11/6-8; abstracts, 5/15)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:35pm
PAMLA 2015

Narrative and Time: Timely and Untimely Interventions in Contemporary U.S. Fiction
Organizer: Jeffrey Severs, U. of British Columbia
Special Session for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, OR, November 6-8, 2015

How timely or untimely can or should contemporary U.S. fiction be in its interventions? Drawing on the spirit of Nietzsche's untimely meditations, this panel addresses the question of how contemporary fictions in the U.S. lag behind, speed ahead, and otherwise temporally relate to developments of recent political, economic, and aesthetic history. Papers might address one or more of the following issues:

Black Masculinity in the 21st Century

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:37am
Wendy Rountree / North Carolina Central University


"Black Masculinity in the 21st Century"

North Carolina Central University's Departments of Language and Literature and Mass Communication will host the eighth African American Literature/Studies Symposium on Thursday, November 12, 2015. This year's theme is "Black Masculinity in the 21st Century". This symposium will explore contemporary approaches to the study of Black Masculinity in African American Studies.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African & African-American Studies and Director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship at Duke University.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

[UPDATE] Reminder: MSA 17 - Modernism's Reiterations

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:36am
Meghan O'Hara / Tom Stuart

In "Tradition and the Practice of Poetry", T.S. Eliot states that "The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new. Not necessarily to make new things." In a similar vein, in ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound famously argues that literature is "news that stays news". Years after its hey-day, how do we understand modernism's commitment to the "new"? From a contemporary standpoint, how has modernism's past been made new again? From W.B. Yeats' turning gyre, to Charlie Chaplin's persistent factory gears in Modern Times, we can gather that when it comes to modernism, "revolution" need not only mean change, but also the very cyclicality of change itself.

CFP Pedagogy & Popular Culture Area MPCA - DUE APRIL 30TH

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:51am
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference

Call for Papers, Abstracts, and Panel Proposals:
2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Annual Conference
Cincinnati, OH
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4, 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100