In light of nabbing the 2015 Bailey Prize for Women's fiction, Ali Smith is a stand-out in a group of UK/Commonwealth fiction writers who play with narrative form and structure in the contemporary novel. This session aims to examine and discuss the works of writers such as Ali Smith, David Mitchell, and Will Self and their endeavors to fuse genres, create dynamic narratives, and broaden human experience and definition through storytelling beyond post-modernism and post-metafiction. These writers and their works explore significant contemporary issues such as gender, class, science, technology, definition, and art.
Philip Roth's work has always invited speculation about the relationship between the author's own life and that of his fictional protagonists. From Portnoy's Complaint, which Roth claimed was "a novel in the guise of a confession that was received ...
The terms "terror" and "horror" as defined by gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe, are diametrically opposed: while the former "expands the soul and awakens the faculties to a high degree of life," the latter "freezes and nearly annihilates them" ("Supernatural" 150). This distinction subordinates horror's focus on the material - the visceral, the abject - to the intellectual stimulation provided by terror. Blood, guts, and the grotesque are the norms of horror and while gothic fiction anxiously stages the destruction of the human body, this panel is interested in how sensual apprehension constructs the body.
This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?
Global initiatives, such as Millennium Development Goals, have made some headway in bringing education and social justice issues to the forefront of mainstream discussion, such as universal primary education, gender equality, eradication of poverty, hunger and disease, but still the disparities data illustrate that the so-called "road to reform" is, indeed, a very long road.
We are delighted to welcome academics, researchers, students, non-profit professionals, healthcare professionals and other educators to join us from December 20-22, 2015 at the KKR Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan for the Second Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 23, 2015.
This seminar aims to examine the ways that premodern depictions of devils, demons, dragons, and other infernal creatures live on beyond their original audience and time period. How and why do these creatures continue to inspire our imagination today, and what can they teach us about modern understandings of medieval ontology?
We are interested in a range of topics that consider how depictions of demonic creatures help us to interrogate -- and better theorize -- hybridity, erotic attraction and repulsion, compulsion, and performance of forbidden selves. We welcome submissions from all approaches, periods, and disciplines. For example:
--how does Beowulf's dragon hoard signify a cultural heritage that needs to remain buried?
Submissions are due by September 25th. The English Graduate Student Association would like to invite submissions for this semester's Fall Colloquium. We are accepting undergraduate and graduate scholarly and creative work. Submissions may be in the form of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or essays. Please send 250-word abstracts of scholarly and creative work to Lesley Brooks (email@example.com) by September 25th at midnight. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 30th and readings and presentations will take place on October 23rd.
Affect studies has emerged as one of the most productive fields of analysis since the turn of the 21st century. Following in the footsteps of Teresa Brennan and Eve Kosofky Sedgwick, for instance, a number of scholars have explored the function of affect and emotion in literature, culture and social life. Relying on psychoanalytical as well as social theories, the "affective turn" has contributed to cultural studies in many ways: books focusing on gender, emotional politics, transnationalism, the moving image, political engagement and leadership theories from the perspective of emotion, empathy and affect were published, among many other studies that investigate the role of emotion in social life.
The Lumen is an annual new writing and arts journal on the mutual dialogue between medicine, the arts and the humanities based in the University of Edinburgh. We hope to foster creative and critical discourse on the personal experience of illness and healthcare. The Lumen will provide a space for the expression of the deeply personal narratives of the medical encounter, from patients and healthcare professionals alike, and the aspects of the human condition that it exposes.
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the Summer 2016 issue of The Lumen. The theme for this issue will be 'Trauma'.
This panel will consider Victorian short fiction as both an artifact and narrative architect of the city. Drawing on the large body of scholarship on nineteenth-century print cultures and more recent reconsideration of the relationship between short and long-form narratives, this panel seeks papers interested in exploring the position of short fiction within Victorian attempts to represent and/or reimagine British urban landscapes.
Also known as 'Nano-Fiction,' 'Sudden Fiction' or 'Flash Fiction,' Micro-Fiction is a type of storytelling characterized by its extreme brevity. Although the contraction of a narration into a few lines can be found at any moment throughout literary history, only in the twentieth and twenty-first century does Micro-Fiction appear as a direct challenge to traditional storytelling. Moreover, in recent years Micro-Fiction has been discovered as a way of democratizing literary writing; a popularization that can be observed on websites, blogs, on-line journals and literary contests.
37th Annual Conference February 10 – 13, 2016
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
Submission Deadline: 11/01/15
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Individual papers and panels are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature for the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association to be held in Albuquerque, NM.
In the Portlandia sketch "Is This Chicken Local?" Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein satirize how narratives of innocence related to food production (e.g. "cage-free," "artisanal," "grass-finished") are used as class indicators and marketing techniques.
Interested in images of science in literature? If you are, please submit your abstract via ACLA's online portal. Deadline is approaching soon. Abstracts must be submitted by Sept 23rd.
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