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Reminder: Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (Apr. 15-16, 2016; Deadline Feb. 1)

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 12:29pm
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South Dakota State University
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Call for Papers
2016 Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (NPCEBL)
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD
April 15 & 16, 2016
Deadline for Proposals: February 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (NPCEBL) will be held at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, on April 15 and 16, 2016. We are seeking proposals for individual papers and complete panels on topics related to British literature from its beginnings through the eighteenth century (please consult submission guidelines below).

UPDATE--ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 11:45am
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Edinburgh University Press

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Robert Singer (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) and Gary D. Rhodes (Queens University, Belfast), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. The volumes to be published this year focus on Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, and Budd Boetticher.

General Submissions for College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 11:26am
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College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies
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College Literature is an international, peer-reviewed academic journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press. CL is dedicated to publishing high quality, original, and innovative scholarly research from across the discipline of literary studies.

The journal is currently considering manuscripts for publication in our general issues forthcoming in 2016 and 2017 (volumes 43 and 44). We welcome submissions from across the various periods, intellectual fields, and topics of Anglophone and comparative literary studies. We particularly encourage submissions that interrogate the terms of their own critical practice and reflect on the current parameters of literary study.

[UPDATE] Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries (Issue 8.1)

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 9:39am
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Dr. Adam Sills / The Defoe Society
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Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is seeking papers for its next issue of the journal (Issue 8.1, Fall 2016). Please direct queries or submissions to Dr. Adam Sills (Adam.G.Sills@hofstra.edu) and Dr. Chris Loar (christopher.loar@wwu.edu). Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016.

We are also excited to note that Digital Defoe has a new, streamlined site and a URL that is much easier to remember: www.digitaldefoe.org. Archived issues 1-6 are available on both the new site and at the previous URL.

Vile Visions: Representing Evil

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 8:43am
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University of Southampton
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The concept of evil is age old, but the way it manifests in cultural narratives has continuously shifted. From the theological to the psychological, evil is a core theme of tales across the ages. What does the way it is portrayed tell us? Does it still hold as much significance? This one day conference at the University of Southampton will explore representations of evil in its many guises. Papers from across disciplines are welcomed. Suggestions for topics include (but by no means are limited to):

Autofiction in English

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 6:58am
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Hywel Dix, Bournemouth University, UK
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Since the term was coined by Serge Doubrovsky in 1971, autofiction has become established as a recognisable genre within the French literary pantheon. Over the same period, it has attracted increasing critical and theoretical scrutiny so that it has developed into a dynamic field of scholarly research in France. Indeed, the increase and variety of autofiction scholarship has had the effect of placing the characteristics of the genre itself in question.

A Change of (s)cene: Reviewing Our Place in a New Geological Epoch, Wednesday 31st August – Friday 2nd September 2016 [UPDATE]

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 5:46am
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Michelle Poland / Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland

ASLE-UKI POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE

31ST August – 2nd September 2016

A change of (s)cene: reviewing our place in a new geological epoch

ASLE-UKI (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland - www.asle.org.uk) invites proposals for its Postgraduate Conference to be held from 31st August – 2nd September 2016 at the University of Lincoln (www.lincoln.ac.uk) on the theme of 'A change of (s)cene: reviewing our place in a new geological epoch'.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Adeline Johns-Putra - Reader in English (University of Surrey)

The Cultural Revolution Today: Literature, Film, and Cultural Debates

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 3:31am
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CEFC and the Department of Comparative Literature, HKU
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May 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the launching of China's "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution." Historiography continues to debate the periodization of the Cultural Revolution, its impact among the urban elite, the political incentives of the Red Guard movement, the long-term influence of the rustication movement, and the mass violence that took place in the countryside.

Hemingway & Imagism: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H.D. and Poetry (MLA, Philadelphia, Jan. 5-8, 2017)

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Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 10:12pm
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Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society
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Hemingway & Imagism: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H.D. and Poetry

This panel invites papers to explore connections between Hemingway's formative years in Paris, the discovery of his craft, and his developed sense of style, under the influence of Imagism, the poetic movement that shaped modern poetry and, in particular, Hemingway's prose. Many of the founding poets of Imagism came of age in the city of Philadelphia and environs: Pound, H.D., Williams, Marianne Moore, and others. Thus, Hemingway and Imagism at MLA 2017 presents a unique opportunity to consider closely the influences and resonances of poetry in Hemingway's work.

"Civilized Survivalism as Cultural Narrative in the 21st Century"

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Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 4:18pm
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Garrett Jeter/College English Assn (allied organization to the MLA)
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ISIS. Mass shootings. Refugee crises. Terrorism. Race riots. Illegal immigration. American and Western cultures are coping—or attempting to cope—with numerous social upheavals and disturbances as well as threats to social cohesion, safety, and security. Such things might invite or even use a great amount of brute force to resist and suppress these things, but there is less than could be. So we handle these things, at least to some extent, peacefully despite the threats they offer to individuals and the collective.

NWSA2016 Conference Panel on Colonialism & Digital Games (Nov 10-12) DUE 15 FEB 2016

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Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 2:54pm
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Kristin Bezio, University of Richmond
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Seeing paper proposals for a panel entitled "(De)Colonizing Digital Gamespaces: Games, Gender, and (De)Colonial Praxis" at the NWSA 2016 Meeting in Montreal, Canada Nov. 10-12, 2016. Proposals due to kbezio@richmond.edu by 15 Feb. 2016.

Digital spaces are frequently referred to as a "new frontier," discourse which explicitly links digital media and colonial praxis. Similarly, digital games are encoded by deeply colonial—and imperial—ideologies which marginalize and often victimize women and people of color. Although the games industry has, in recent years, begun to be more inclusive of women and people of color in roles other than that of victim, most digital games and gaming spaces remain colonized.

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