Borges once cheekily wrote, “Writing long books is a laborious and impoverishing act of foolishness…A better procedure is to pretend that those books already exist and to offer …a commentary.” Indeed authors as varied as Borges, Lovecraft, Dick, Apollinaire, Lew, and Asimov placed completely fictional books at the center of their own literary universes. That would make a fascinating panel, but that is not this panel. Rather, what this panel seeks are academic-style works of literary theory and criticism which take as their primary texts completely fictional novels, stories, movements, authors, and films.
"The monster notoriously appears at times of crisis," Jeffrey Jerome Cohen states in his Monster Theory. At first glance, Cohen's assertion conveniently seems to fit the headlines by various venues--liberal and conservative--that all express a presumed crisis of the US Republican Party by referring to their 2016 presidential nominee as a "monster." However, Cohen has a different kind of crisis, and different kinds of monsters, in mind, and a broader analytical trajectory to follow: For him, American culture as such can be read "from the monsters [it] engenders."
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
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Call for Papers: deadline extended!
(Open, Non-Thematic Issue)
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation invites submissions for the upcoming 13th issue. We accept:
The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 45th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 23-25, 2017, at the University of Louisville (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com). This session welcomes papers on elements of Cummings’ modernism, cultural aesthetics, genre issues and visual effects, critical reception, and interactions with other modernists.
A Roundtable Session for the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 11-14, 2017)
Shakespeare’s Hamlet in an Era of Textual Exhaustion
The editors of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in an Era of Textual Exhaustion are reposting the CFP for the edited collection, which is now under contract with Routledge as a part of the Studies in Shakespeare series. We are particularly interested in rounding out our collection with an essay that focuses on multimedia, cognition, ecocriticism, digital humanities, and/or global performance. Please see the original CFP below and submit a CV and abstract by September 15 to email@example.com.
What is it about culture and society that creates an environment in which an athlete is able to excel or fail in his/her respective sport? Which factors, such as racism, discrimination, financial advantage or hardship, propel or hinder an athlete’s achievements? This volume seeks to explore how the world of sports is often a microcosm of the real world and the many ways in which it uniquely reflects cultural and societal issues. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines.
Abstract Due Dates: Preference will be given to abstracts received by October 15, 2016 and should be no longer than 300 words. Please also include a brief biographical statement and a CV.
48th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Conference.
March 23-26, 2017
Revenant, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to the study of the supernatural, the uncanny and the weird, based out of Falmouth University in the United Kingdom is looking for submissions for a special theme issue dedicated to the “Transatlantic Renaissance Supernatural”. Guest-edited by Ed Simon of Lehigh University, Revenant is looking for scholarly, academic and creative exploration of the supernatural during the Renaissance across literature, history, folklore, philosophy, science, religion, sociology, and popular culture.
From campaign slogans found on the walls in the ruins of Pompeii to lapel pins worn at the inauguration of George Washington in 1789 to today’s t-shirts, “I Voted” stickers, and protest signs, politics and material culture have always been interlinked. In a January 2016 interview, President Barack Obama was asked to discuss an object that held personal meaning for him. He chose to bring several items given to him by supporters, among them a rosary, a small statue, and a metal poker chip. Obama described how looking at these objects and carrying them in his pocket reminds him of the people he has met along his career, their stories, and his responsibilities to them.
Call for Papers: Travel and Literature at CEA 2017
Call for Papers: Travel and Literature at CEA 2017
March 30 - April 1 | Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa | Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Tel: 843-686-8400 | http://cwp.marriott.com/hhhgr/cea/
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Travel and Literature for our 48th annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org.
Submissions are invited for a special issue of Popular Music and Society on the musical and cultural impact of Beyoncé
Ableism in the Classroom: A Roundtable (https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16431)
This roundtable will focus on the ways we address ableism in the literature, language, and writing classrooms. Perspectives are sought on the incorporation and adaptation of course content, class policies, and teaching activities. Both success stories and failure narratives are welcome.
The 48th Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention will take place in Baltimore from March 23-26, 2017 at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront.
The Vampire in Literature, Culture, and Film
2017 PCA/ACA Annual National Conference
San Diego: Wednesday, April 12th – Saturday, April 15th
The co-chairs of the Vampire in Literature, Culture, and Film area—Dr. Philip Simpson of Eastern Florida State College and Mary Findley of Vermont Technical College—are soliciting papers, presentations, panels and roundtable discussions which cover any aspect of the vampire for the Annual National Joint Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference to be held in San Diego from April 12th through April 15th. We are particularly interested in papers, presentations, and panels that cover:
52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2017: Special Session
The Griselda Story: Feminist Perspectives