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Frankenstein and the American Dream?

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 1:35pm
Frankenstein and the Fantastic
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Frankenstein and the American Dream?

Frankenstein and the Fantastic, an outreach effort of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association seeks proposals for a panel in commemoration of the endurance of Frankenstein and the Frankenstein tradition. The session is being submitted for the 2017 meeting of the American Literature Association to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, from 25-28 May 2017.

Haunting, Horrible Hunger: Food for Fright

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:10pm
Parlour: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Analysis
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 13, 2017

[A]nd so I left my fairy godmother, with both her hands on her crutch stick, standing in the midst of the dimly lighted room beside the rotten bride-cake that was hidden in cobwebs” (Great Expectations, 158).

The upcoming issue of Parlour will concentrate on food and consumption culture with an emphasis on the displeasing aspects of appetites: hunger, starvation, gluttony, and pica to name a few. We invite submissions that explore a wide range of approaches to the issue’s theme and the various ways consumption or depravation becomes a “haunting” and “horrible” aspect of humanity.

Update: The William Dean Howells Society (ALA 2017)

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:16pm
The William Dean Howells Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2016

The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 28th Annual American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2017. 


Panel 1: On the Neglected Works of William Dean Howells

Comics and Monsters (CSSC, May 11-12, Toronto)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 11:06pm
Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Comics and Monsters—Monsters and Comics
Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (May 11-12, Toronto)

Speculative Visions

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 11:16am
InVisible Culture
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

“Speculative Visions” –​ ​Issue 27

For its twenty-seventh issue, ​InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Vis​ual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the complex and multiple meanings of specul​ative visions.

The last decade has seen a rise in popularity among science fiction, fantasy, and horror. These

genres encourage the capacity to imagine post-human bodies, extraordinary worlds,

techno-utopias, and claustrophobic spaces of violence. In their reliance upon the imagination,

these speculative visions provide a space to consider contradictions and a carnivalesque

interaction between popular culture and critical theory.

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups: Between Nostalgia and Parody

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:51am
Christopher Marlow
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 3, 2017

The publication of Ladybird books ‘for Grown-Ups’ in the UK in 2015 and 2016 was a phenomenon, with the books selling over 2 million copies collectively. Titles such as The Ladybird Book of the Hipster, How it Works: The Mum, and The Ladybird Book of The Meeting ostensibly offer a frivolous take upon a variety of popular subjects in an attractive format. However, in doing so they reveal a complex temporality that prompts the reader to consider how their memories of an adult life imagined in childhood measure up to a present filled with everyday frustrations. What can these books tell us about contemporary British culture and its relationship with personal memory, collective historical past, and once-imagined future?

Tales of Two Cities: Children’s Literature and (Unequal) Childhoods in New York City

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:27am
Lara Saguisag
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

In 2013, Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign ran on the theme of “A Tale of Two Cities.” The narrative that New York is a deeply divided city – one that is simultaneously the world’s capital of finance and culture and an unfortunate model of economic and social inequality – struck a chord with many voters. This panel will examine the ways in which children’s and young adult literature set in New York City expresses, reinforces, confronts and/or overlooks this image of the city as fractured and unequal. Papers may consider questions such as: how does children’s and young adult literature represent (or ignore) the diversity of New York City childhoods?

"English" Special Issue: The Classroom of Literature

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:29am
English: The Journal of the English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

English: The Journal of the English Association invites contributions to a special issue on The Classroom of Literature


. . . . we moved together out of the clutch of the Fates, inhabitors of a world without doom; with a scratching, licking and chewing of pens, a whisper and passing of jokes, a titter of tickling, a grumble of labour, a vague stare at the wall in a dream. . . . (Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie)

The Rise of Latinx Literature for Youth

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:26am
Marilisa Jimenez Garcia/ Lehigh University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CFP is for MLA 2018 in New York City. This panel on Latinx Literature for Youth will be a Children´s Literature Association (ChLA) sponsored, guaranteed panel.

Literature for youth is an established tradition in Latinx culture, from Jose Martí’s La Edad de Oro (1889) to Pura Belpré’s folklore and Ernesto Galarza’s “mini-libros” to Matt de la Peña’s 2016 Newbery Medal win. This panel seeks to examine the current and historical role of literature for youth in the Latin/a literary world and how Latino/a writers portray youth cultures and subcultures for U.S. audiences. Papers responding critically to the following themes (though not limited to those presented here) are solicited: