Narratives of discovery have long been produced in Europe about the Global South. Whether travel narratives describing the wonders of the New World, tales of survival in a savage Africa, or a nineteenth-century poet's Voyage en Orient, these texts have made of the Global South the site of estrangement and reexamination of the European self. However, the non-European subject is left unexplored, as in Camus' The Stranger, a novel taking place in French-colonized Algeria, and which notoriously elides the non-European Other, the unnamed Arab murder victim. In this seminar, we turn the tables to examine narratives of estrangement and alienation in Global South literature.
NeMLA 48, Baltimore, Maryland, March 23-26, 2017
Modernist Forms of Fidelity
For over the past twenty years, writing studies scholarship has addressed issues of surveillance and privacy within writing infrastructures through course management systems, plagiarism detection software, and social media use in classrooms.
Academic literary critics have long eyed book reviewers, their public counterparts, with suspicion. For example, in The Armed Vision, a 1948 study of the methods of modern literary criticism, Stanley Edgar Hyman makes the following heavily weighted distinction, "the reviewer, more or less, is interested in books as commodities; the critic in books as literature." However, the past 15 years have seen a proliferation of forms and forums for online writing about books that combine the literary and the commodity in complex and interesting ways, deconstructing and reevaluating the distinctions between these terms.
“One must turn back to Shakespeare then, for Shakespeare was androgynous; and so were Keats and Sterne and Cowper and Lamb and Coleridge[…] Some collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated” (Woolf, A Room of One’s Own).
The shadow of Geoffrey Chaucer loomed large over the century after his death. Later poets such as John Lydgate used words coined by him, explicitly referenced Chaucer’s mastery of poetry, and mentioned their relationship with him in the development of their poetic personae and the writing of their poetic works. These connections, in turn, have left a tradition of scholarship that takes such conceits at face value and maligns the poetry of the fifteenth century for allegedly not being the equal of Chaucer’s.
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.
Medieval studies has made serious inroads into inquiries surrounding the relationship between objects and environments, between objects and their spiritual power, as well as between descriptions of objects and their literal presence. These issues also pertain to Lydgate studies, as his relationship with matter is complex. As Lisa H.
The 21st Century Englishes Conference Planning Committee is happy to announce we have extended our Call for Papers submission deadline to Friday, August 19, 2016. There is still time to submit a proposal for this year’s conference. Please send proposals and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Papers
21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference, sponsored by the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, the BGSU Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
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?
Throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and into the 21st, the traveller has been asked to possess an ever-increasing accumulation of documents, manifesting from newly implemented juridical requirements and new technologies of communication and replication. This collection includes tickets, itineraries, packing lists, passports and visas, letters of introduction, bank transfers, and the telegrams received or sent home.
This is a CFP on George Orwell, preferably on his dystopian themes and/or writing style. I am editing a collection of critical essays to be proposed for Routledge publishing. The book will be divided into chapters and the project requires at least 7 different contributors.
A graduate student conference presented by the University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Graduate Student Organization
September 30, 2016 – October 1, 2016
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO AUGUST 5, 2016!
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen Beckman, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Endowed Professor in Film Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History of Art.
CFP: Women and the Rising
Elizabeth Redwine, PhD
Seton Hall University
Call for Papers: Women and the Rising (Chair, Elizabeth Brewer Redwine, Department of English)
We are seeking papers for a panel entitled “Women and the Rising” as part of a conference, In Celebration of the 1916 Easter Rising: Art, Articulation, and Inspiration, at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ on October 21st, 2016.
Church and State and the Rising
Chairs, Ines Murzaku, Catholic Studies and Martha C. Carpentier, English
Call for Papers