Jonathan Swift was a traveller, in his imagination as well as in life, regularly making his way, by ship and by foot, back and forth between Ireland and England during major periods of his life. Swift also travelled through genres and voices, among men and women, and between politics and religion. His works have travelled as well, through space and time, in numerous editions, along with translations, responses, adaptations, abridgements, continuations, and illustrated versions.
cultural studies and historical approaches
Call for PapersAmerican Literature Association Symposium“Regionalism and Place in American Literature”September 7-9, 2017Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana
Elsewhere: Wandering In and Out of the Humanities
J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Although this quotation has experienced its fair share of "inspirational quote" status by both Tolkien and Coachella fans alike, there remains a question of what "wandering" and "being elsewhere" means for the academic community.
Ethos: A Digital Review of the Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics—a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary online journal and digital forum—invites submissions for its August 2017 special issue on the Anthropocene. In 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy met to discuss whether or not to formally define our current geological epoch as the “Anthropocene.” Despite the fact that the term has not been officially sanctioned, it has been widely adopted by popular scientists, social theorists, humanities scholars and others since its coining in 2000 by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer.
We are seeking proposals of 500 words by July 31, 2017 for essays to be included in an edited collection on the possibilities of responsibility in the anthropocene era.
This panel investigates early modern coping strategies that engage both possibility and temporality. Specifically, how do early modern texts model alternative temporalities that evoke revised histories, alternative presents, or potential futures? How might intertextuality, grammatical structures, wordplay, and visual or other paratextual elements signal possibility? And how might alternative temporalities revise early modern subjectivity?
Topics of interest might include:
The Editorial Board of Acta Iassyensia Comparationis,a thematic, interdisciplinary biannual e-journal published by the Department of Comparative Literature of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, invites you to publish in AIC 20 (2/2017), devoted to the VIS ŞI REALITATE / DREAM AND REALITY / RÊVE ET RÉALITÉtopic. By the choice of this theme, we intend to bring together, in one volume, approaches to the different (and yet related) genres and subgenres of fantastic literature, science-fiction and imaginary ethnography.
The writing of a literary text is as a retrospective explanation of what is happening in the present and such writing is the deliberate re-creation in actual practice. This present includes social, cultural, religious and political events. The impact of immediate contemporary concerns is served to place a literary text at least partly outside the author’s control. The author responds to a given context of historical and cultural incident that limits his freedom to invent or adapt or explain.
*NEW: deadline for proposals extended to May 26 2017*
Craft Modernism: an assembly
Sussex University, 15 June 2017
We cordially invite you to come and take part in a new type of collaborative event: an assembly of thinkers and of ideas.
We want to gather a group of scholars and practitioners who are interested in instances or representations of craft in modernist writing, visual art, and sound.
We are open to inventive interpretations of the terms ‘craft’ and ‘modernism’. We welcome creatively imagined short presentations that will introduce an image or excerpt that the presenter will ‘speak to,’ and explain the connection to craft.