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The State of American Literature in the Trump Era

updated: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:10am
Adam Meehan / Palomar College
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Special Session panel for 2019 MLA Convention (Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019):

How has the Trump Era (re)shaped the ways we read/teach American literature? How has it affected American literary production?

Send 250-word abstract and brief bio/CV by 15 March 2018 to Adam Meehan (ameehan@palomar.edu).

MLA 2019 Conference “Ecopoetics and the Animal”

updated: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:07am
Modern Language Association 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

This CFP seeks work that examines the intersection of animal studies with contemporary ecopoetry from around the world. The human/nonhuman distinction entails an interdiction as much as establishes the safety of a boundary that maintains human hegemony in relation to other species. Yet, the animal can powerfully redirect attention toward the necessity of humility as well as deconstruct ideas of autonomy and superiority too often entangled with human self-understanding. This panel asks how the animal negates or reifies the human/nonhuman distinction, but also how the animal speaks, or is silenced, in contemporary ecopoetry. How does the animal appear as an ethical imperative in the age of the Anthropocene and of the Sixth Mass Extinction?

The Management of Life in Science Fiction

updated: 
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:12am
Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Special Session panel for 2019 MLA conference:

Panel seeking papers regarding science fictional depictions of biopolitical control of human/non-human life; papers regarding emotional, spectral, spiritual life welcome. 300-word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2018; Jennifer Jodell (jodel002@umn.edu).

Lyrical Letters, or Missives with Melodies -- MLA 2019

updated: 
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:59am
Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2108

A session to be held at Modern Language conference in Chicago, January 3-6, 2019.  Sponsored by the Lyrica Society for Word/Music Relations.
Analysis and appreciation of the artistic functions and contributions of sung letters in musical plays and operas.   In these days of e mail, Twitter, etc., it can be hard to remember that, at one time, correspondence was done more slowly by letter, and that the reading and/or writing of letters was often an important part of theatrical events.  You are invited to submit proposals that explore this phenomenon.  250 word abstracts by 20 March 2018; Mail abstracts to Shoshana Knapp (dashiell@vt.edu).

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