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Place and Formation of Identity

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 3:53pm
Dr. Firouzeh Dianat

This is a call for abstracts for a proposed special session for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia.
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) presents the story of a little girl, Alice. She falls into the rabbit hole and enters a foreign land, "wonderland." The animals talk and her interaction with others changes. She has to understand the logic upon the wonderland. She needs to find out who she is. She asks: "Who in the world am I"? Ah, that's the great puzzle" (Carroll 18). In the wonderland things that Alice has been taken for granted are not certain anymore. This panel invites papers that discuss the concepts and relations between place and identity. Panelists may consider:

GENDER, IDENTITY, SEX and SEXUALITY for NEPCA conference (10/21 &22, 2016)

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 3:14pm
Northeast Popular Culture Association

The Northeast Popular Culture Association is currently soliciting papers for its upcoming conference at Keene State College in Keene, NH, on October 21/22, 2016.

Papers may deal with any aspect of gender, identity, sex, or sexuality in popular culture. Papers focusing on recent public discourses about discriminatory legislation are especially welcome, though papers on all appropriate topics are encouraged.

Please submit a 250-word abstract to the NEPCA conference website on the conference proposal form.

Inquiries regarding details of this session may be directed to its chair, Dr. Donald P. Gagnon, at Please submit for this session no later than May 27, 2016.

Call for Submissions: The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 (ongoing)

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:41pm
Janine Utell, Editor

The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 is an annual peer-reviewed open-access journal devoted to interdisciplinary scholarship on the period bracketed by the two World Wars. Now in its eleventh year, the journal seeks to publish research on lesser-known writers and artists and understudied topics of the intermodernist period, including literary and cultural responses to the First and Second World Wars.

Submissions for general issues are considered on an ongoing basis; proposals for special issues are also welcome.

"Failure" - Excursions Journal (Deadline 1 March 2016)

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:40pm
Excursions Journal

We are accepting submissions for the next issue of Excursions Journal, 'Failure' - the deadline for submissions is 1st March 2016.
Details can be found below. This information is also available at

Excursions Vol 7 No. 1 "Failure"

'A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.' - Gertrude Stein, Four in America

English: The Journal of the English Association - Special Issue on literature, landscape and the environment

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:13am
English: The Journal of the English Association

English: The Journal of the English Association invites contributions to a special issue on literature, landscape and the environment.

In the years since the publication of seminal texts such as Carson's Silent Spring, and with environmental concerns never more pressing, ecocriticism has become firmly established in literary studies as a way to think about the challenges facing writers and their readers. Moreover, literary critical engagement with the environment has been enriched in recent years through intersectional work with fields as diverse as disability studies, spatial studies, gender theory, and post-humanism.

[UPDATE] CFP: Undergraduate/Graduate Renaissance Symposium (April 15-16, 2016; abstracts due March 4, 2016)

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:07am
University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is pleased to announce a call for papers for its Undergraduate/Graduate Renaissance Symposium, April 15-16, 2016.

Papers covering any area of Renaissance studies are welcome.
The symposium is in celebration of USC's selection to host the "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" traveling exhibit.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kirk Melnikoff, Associate Professor of English, UNC-Charlotte.


Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:04am
Modern Language Association Convention, 2017, 5-8 January, Philadelphia

This session will seek to foster dialogue about the formative role of "enthusiasm"—e.g., poetic enthusiasm, religious enthusiasm, political enthusiasm, popular or market enthusiasms—in the making and shaping of American literature. I welcome any proposals on enthusiasm and affect studies, enthusiasm and religion/secularization, enthusiasm and political history/culture, enthusiasm and the public sphere, enthusiasm and internationalism, and, of course, enthusiasm and literary aesthetics. While the term "enthusiasm" has more rhetorical purchase from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, I am also interested in papers that explore the critical import of enthusiasm in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature and culture.

CFP Monographic section: Primo levi as a writer

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 7:36am

Monographic section: Primo levi as a writer
edited by Matteo Fadini, Carlo Tirinanzi De Medici, Paolo Zublena
Over the last thirty years, British critics with an interest in cultural studies have substantially
contributed to the analysis of Primo Levi's oeuvre primarily addressed in its factual,
memoir-like facets and for its social and ethical significance in relation to the Nazi-fascist barbarism.
Hence, Levi the guardian of the Holocaust's memory, Levi the chronicler: such reception
has emphasised a recursive element in Levi's works, i.e. remembrance, thus overlooking
their merely literary aspect.
The aim of this monographic issue of «Ticontre» is to focus on the literary scope of

'Shakespeare's Londons/London's Shakespeares' - Deadline 31 August 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 6:54am
Literary London Journal

To tie in with the forthcoming Literary London Conference (6 - 8 July 2016) on the theme of 'London and the Globe', The Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on 'Shakespeare's Londons/London's Shakespeares'.

The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016 and articles (between 5,000 - 7,000 words long) might broadly address one or more of the following topics or questions: