When underground comix emerged in America in the 1970s, they were connected with the counter culture movement and rife with anti-establishment content. These comics participated in and addressed counterpublics, which queer theorist Michael Warner defines as "formed by their conflict with the norms and contexts of their cultural environment." Yet much of the scholarship of the underground comix movement has centered on straight white men located in San Francisco (e.g. R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson).
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4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN)
28-31 October 2015, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Papers are invited for the 4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network. In keeping with the inclusive spirit of the EBSN, we are open to submissions of scholarly papers, panels, and roundtables, as well as artistic/creative dialogues and performances devoted to any aspect of the Beat Generation.
Papers that theorize a construction of polylingual literary history in local, national, and global contexts are invited to imagine a manifesto for a transnational and transregional comparative literary historiography for this special session of MLA 2016 at Austin. We aim to examine literary historiography that takes into account more than one language tradition. Examples include world literary history, regional or imperial literary histories, literary histories of nations with a variety of literary languages (e.g., Belgium, Canada, India, Switzerland, the US), and histories that attempt to incorporate dialect with official versions of "a" language, or oral with written forms of literature.
liquid blackness is undertaking a long term research project on the legendary yet seldom seen film: Larry Clark's 1977 Passing Through. Studying the potential of the arts and politics of the jazz ensemble, we are developing an experimental project of collective research that will unfold throughout the year, and culminate in a public screening and symposium in Fall 2015.
This panel seeks to go beyond the territory opened by the spaghetti-westerns to explore the ways in which the themes and tropes of the West have been appropriated (or re-appropriated)/redeployed/repurposed in texts, broadly defined, with a transnational context. Please submit a 250 word proposal to Kerry Fine by March 15th.
Looking beyond the common meaning of "profane" this roundtable takes for its focus the theme of The 51st Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, to be held in Big Sky, Montana. President Elect, Linda Karell, asks us to approach: "profane as that which is underrepresented, undervalued, censored, denied, shared in secret; unofficial and unsanctioned pleasures; profane as the necessary other side to sacred, as that which helps define sacred but undoes it, too; profane as in challenging rote and accepted ways of thinking about/defining/ celebrating the West, even though those ways might once have occupied the status of subversive.
Submission deadline extended!
How do material histories of the book and print culture inform how we think about the novel (and its surprising stability) in the present? A number of recent literary-popular authors, including Jonathan Safran Foer, Mark Z. Danielewski, Chris Ware, Anne Carson, have experimented with the form of the codex while at the same time exploiting the limits of the technologies available in publishing. How do we conceive of the fetishization of the book as commodity, on the one hand, and the auratic privilege that such texts assume? This panel will consider how scholars negotiate the form and content of the contemporary novel with shifts in print culture. Are their analyses materialist, queer, Marxist, sociological?
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Keep it Dirty: an affiliative network oriented towards ecological consciousness-raising and collective-image production, facilitated in the interest of a new posthuman environmental solidarity
Content considered and published on a rolling basis.
Editors: Samuel Ray Jacobson + Eileen Joy
In the PMLA inaugural edition released in 2014, Professor Simon Gikandi of Princeton University published an editorial titled, "Provincializing English," that (in part) constitutes the foundation for my collection. Dr. Gikandi explains that there is no English but Englishes, a concept that is not novel, and yet not fully embraced by and/or employed in the academic circles. As Dr.