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James Boswell and the Press

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:08am
Donald J. Newman/The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 15, 2016

I am seeking contributions for a collection of essays on James Boswell that focuses on those writings in his literary career that have attracted little critical attention, work he published in newspapers, magazines, and pamphlets. Potential contributors could focus on, but are certainly not limited to: his magazine columns, the miscellaneous poetry that appeared in the periodical press; and writing he intended to publish in the periodical press but didn’t. Proposals on his books that address topical subjects (which would include his books on Corsica and the Douglas Cause) would be of interest, as would his relations with the press and/or its editors.

Western Area: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film & Television

updated: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:08am
The 2016 FILM&HISTORY Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Are there really no Sundays west of St. Louis and is there no god west of Fort Smith? Representing a set of assumptions about the American Character, progress, law, order, and the conquest of nature, conflicts concerning the ideal and themes of redemption figure prominently in Westerns.  On the Western’s frontier, figures of power and subversion abound—lawmen and outlaws, gamblers and gunmen, cavalry wives and soiled doves, the Indian chiefs and buffalo scouts.

The Asian Literature Session of the 2016 PAMLA Annual Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:08am
Seonna Kim / University of Minnesota
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

12016 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Annual Conference
Asian Literature Session

Nov. 11-13, 2016
We invite papers (15-20 minutes) for the Asian Literature session of the 114th Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) annual conference that will take place over the November 11-13, 2016 weekend at Westin Pasadena in Pasadena, CA.

Through a Glass Darkly: Utopia/Dystopia and the Avant-garde [DEADLINE EXTENDED]

updated: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:05am
South Atlantic Modern Languages Association (Jacksonville, FL, November 4-6, 2016)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Marxist critics from Adorno to Fredric Jameson have emphasized the revolutionary potential of modernism in its effort to project viable alternatives to capitalism. Indeed, one of the central goals of avant-garde artistic production is the radical break from existing norms, with experimentation serving as a means of liberation from artistic values and institutions deemed both oppressive and outmoded. But it is also, to varying degrees, a rhetoric of reform.

History of the Book

updated: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:05am
Dr. Alix Mazuet / Stanford University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

PAMLA Conference 2016

“The History of the Book”

 

"The History of the Book" is an approved session focusing on the way in which books and other written texts (material, virtual) developed through the ages and also, on the cultural, economic and political role of books, libraries, archives and book collections in society.

Paper proposals are welcome on topics including but not limited to:

REPLACEMENT

updated: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:04am
Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 30, 2016

In a recent film, 45 Years (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2015), a couple about to celebrate forty-five years of marriage hear of the recovery of the body of the husband’s erstwhile girlfriend – whose name resembles that of the wife – found perfectly preserved in Alpine ice. This discovery implicitly affects the two differently: it appears that the husband is shocked at reminders of lost youth, while the wife is affected by the vivid idea (supplemented by slides she views) of a rival who pre-existed her and thus has a permanent kind of precedence. The same effect is experienced by the unnamed narrator-protagonist of Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier, 1938), who enters a haunted marriage dominated by her predecessor and the violent enigma surrounding her.

Robinson Crusoe after 300 years

updated: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:04am
Andreas Mueller / University of Worcester
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 2, 2016

Robinson Crusoe After 300 Years

2019 will mark the tercentenary of the publication of both The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe and The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Papers are sought for an edited collection examining the phenomenon of Crusoe after 300 Years.

The Body and Spiritual Experience: 1500-1700 (RSA 2017)

updated: 
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 3:11pm
Victoria Brownlee
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 20, 2016

Abstracts are invited for a proposed series of sessions on the body and spiritual experience in Europe 1500-1700, intended for the next Renaissance Society of America meeting (30 March–1 April 2017, Chicago). Possible questions might include: In what ways does biblical reading shape understanding of the relationship between physical and spiritual matter?  Which body parts or material processes are implicated in spiritual experience?

Preliminary Call for Participation: Extreme Appalachia!

updated: 
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:57am
Appalachian Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Preliminary Call for Participation
2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference
EXTREME Appalachia!
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

Call for Contributors: Fan Phenomena: Game of Thrones

updated: 
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:56am
Kavita Mudan Finn
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

With five books and approximately eight million words published thus far in the Song of Ice and Fire series (1996-ongoing) and the sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones currently airing, we are seeing the beginnings of a school of criticism devoted to George R.R. Martin’s works and their peculiar brand of deconstructive and in many ways postmodern interpretations of the fantasy genre and medievalism. Often positioned as the grittier antithesis of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, Martin's narrative focuses on the darker side of chivalry and heroism, stripping away these higher ideals to reveal the greed, amorality, and lust for power underpinning them.

 

After Dickens: A Two-Day Conference 2-3 Dec 2016

updated: 
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:56am
University of York
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 18, 2016

After Dickens
Keynote Speakers: Professor Kamilla Elliott (Lancaster University) and Professor Juliet John (Royal Holloway)

With a performance of ‘Fagin’s Last Hour’ by James Hyland and post-show talk.

G. K. Chesterton’s seminal study of Charles Dickens, published in 1906, ends with ‘A Note on the Future of Dickens’. Chesterton closes this chapter with the enigmatic promise of meeting Dickens – and his characters – in “the tavern at the end of the world”. At a threshold moment for Dickens studies, Chesterton is not only looking back to find Dickens, he is also looking forward.

PAMLA 2016: Ekphrasis: Classical, Modern and Post-Modern

updated: 
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:55am
Diana Shaffer/PAMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016

PAMLA 2016: Ekphrasis: Classical, Modern and Post-Modern

 

This special session will explore the evolution of ekphrasis from its roots in the Homeric period to the present day. Papers on any aspect of ekphrasis, theoretical or applied, are welcome.

 

Submission Deadline: June 2, 2016

 

Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website

(http://www.pamla.org/2016).

 

For questions about the session please contact Diana Shaffer at

diana.shaffer@tx.rr.com.

 

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