NeMLA Annual Convention - Baltimore, MD 23-26 March 2017
bibliography and history of the book
We are delighted to announce that Libraries: Culture, History, and Society is now accepting submissions for our premiere issue to be published in Spring 2017.
A semiannual peer-reviewed publication from the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association and the Penn State University Press, LCHS will be available in print and online via JSTOR and Project Muse.
Call for Individual Paper Proposals 2017 Society of Early Americanists Conference in Tulsa, OK (March 2-4, 2017)https://sea2017.wordpress.com/Submission deadline: August 30th Experimental Panel: "Doing Undergraduate Research in Early American Studies" Think about when and how you first became excited about early America and early American studies. Was the spark your own reading, an inspiring teacher or professor, or a research paper that gripped your attention? As teachers and research
This panel at the Medieval Colloquium at Sewanee (10-11 March 2017), sponsored by the International Piers Plowman Society, invites papers exploring the theme of borders and margins in William Langland’s Piers Plowman. Papers might address this question from any number of perspectives, including but not limited to questions of literary interpretation: e.g., how does the poem construe those at the margins of society (the poor, the disabled, the non-Christian others)? Or how does the poem establish boundaries between its different genres or modes (e.g., romance, allegory, didacticism, preaching)?
Making the English Book
52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 11-14, 2017
McFarland, an independent publisher of academic and adult nonfiction books, will be releasing A Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction in 2018. Companions to certain aspects of popular fiction—or works written for the mass publishing market and read by large segments of the British public—have been published. Yet there is no single volume devoted to popular fiction in its entirety. Through short but incisive and insightful cross-referenced entries, the 150,000 word companion will cover authors, topics, representative texts, and genres.
Turning to the artistically fruitful “wrong” of unrequited love as imagined by George Herbert, Seamus Heaney redresses the utter capriciousness of the art: “I want to profess the surprise of poetry as well as its reliability; I want to celebrate its given, unforeseeable thereness, the way it enters our field of vision and animates our physical and intelligent being….” Poets and writers, artists and musicians have all celebrated the error as evoking the unforeseen possibilities of their craft. (One might be reminded of Elizabeth Bishop’s “Man-Moth.”) Why ought the reader be excluded from the joy, the new knowledges, and the potential political subversiveness of the mistaken reading?
Whether it is tweeting Lydgate’s Fall of Princes, making witnesses of his poems both in and out of the codex available to scholars worldwide, or engaging in digital prosopography, the “Digital Turn” in recent literary scholarship provides heretofore unavailable opportunities for engagement with the poetry of John Lydgate. However, this is not the first time the introduction of new technology has effected reception, understanding, and interpretation of the poet. The shift from manuscript to print spread Lydgate’s poems in numbers that were not possible before, while modern editorial practices developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have created a set of “standard” editions of the poet’s works, for good and ill.
Why religion got it all wrong? Conceptualizing new methods of reading.
Literary scholars need to throw open the doors of what texts constitute the study of literari-ness and the methods of doing so; such an act will allow the discipline to examine and interrogate socio-discursive practices which affect the lives of women all over the world. Religious texts codify culture and gender norms and it is imperative that literary scholars engage with these texts that perpetuate and maintain oppressive hegemonic institutions.
The Hindu Shastras.
We invite proposals for any papers dealing with Gothic literature, culture and film. This session welcomes proposals on a wide variety of topics, with particular consideration granted to papers that engage with the 2016 conference theme of "Archives, Libraries, Properties." Possible foci might include sociohistorical context, intellectual heritage, culture and circulation, and textual materiality in (and of) the Gothic.
Proposals may be submitted via PAMLA's online submission form: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topics/gothic