In his recent Antinomies of Realism, Frederic Jameson identifies an unresolvable tension in the realist novel between two impulses. One is familiar enough: it goes under the banner of récit, the tale, or simply "narrative." It's characterized by a movement of progress and a temporality organized by past-present-future. The other impulse, which Jameson calls "affect," is everything that impedes this narrative movement, and in his analysis it is characterized by a dilatory, perpetual presentness.
CFP: Facebook Before Facebook
Seminar at American Comparative Literature Association
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts March 17-20, 2016.
Inspired by Sophie Bessis' La double impasse, this panel invites papers that explore the complex meaning and practice of modernity in the Maghreb, as represented and envisioned in contemporary literature written by women. Some questions to consider: what forms does modernity take and what role does it play in fictional and autobiographical narratives? Are traditions and modernity in some way compatible? Is there a good and a bad way to be modern? Are women able to escape or to embrace modernity? What are the obstacles and associations to it? What are its social and political implications? Who is benefiting from the lack or presence of modernity? Are women proposing new forms of modernity? Which ones?
Volume 2 of Jacques Derrida's The Beast and the Sovereign begins with "I am alone," which can be taken to mean "I am alone in my world, I end with my world, and my world ends with me." Beyond the ends and limits of my world, I remember, anticipate, and imagine other worlds and the worlds of the other; beyond the end and death of my world, I am remembered, anticipated, and imagined in the world of the other. But what of the distance between these worlds? What hospitality does one world show another? How will what was me and mine alone carry on in the care of the other?
This panel explores literary, artistic, and cinematic representations of Francophone African migrants' fictional or autobiographical homecoming narratives since the 1990s. Particular attention will be given to works that emphasize the representation of real or imagined returns. What are the factors, feelings, and challenges determining the actual or symbolic return process? Are returning migrants agents of change in traditional societies? What forms do take the self-reflection process implicit in the returning migrants' readjustments? All interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.
American Comparative Literature Association 2016 Conference
March 17-20, 2016
Deadline for abstracts: Sept 23, 2015
What does love make us do? How is love understood outside of hegemonic contexts?
SF Storyworlds is an interdisciplinary series devoted to the study of science fiction. We take as our starting-point that the genre boundaries surrounding sf have not only evaporated but that, in so doing, sf has also become entangled with the world as it is lived and experienced. Sf is not only good to think with, but it also shapes and informs many of the ways in which we think about the world.
Many Africas In/Of Imagination
In 2012, audiences at the Coachella Music and Art Festival were in for a shock as Snoop Lion (formerly "Snoop Dog") performed with the late Tupac Shakur. Shakur, who had died of gunshot wounds in 1996, was a hologram projection, recreated from a previously recorded concert. Until the end of the duet, in which the holographic Shakur turns into light and mist, the stage technology created a moment in which Snoop Lion was not performing with a specter of Shakur, but rather, Shakur himself. This is one example of how stage technology can offer us the magical: a beloved performing artist returns one last time to share the stage with an old friend.
A Dying and Death Research Project
Friday 11th March – Sunday 13th March 2016
El Instituto del Teatro de la Diputación de Barcelona acoge el simposio Teatro de títeres: desdoblamiento y alteridad del 22 al 24 de octubre de 2015.
Este simposio pretende dar una visión filosófica y contemporánea en las dramaturgias producidas por el teatro de figuras. El análisis multidisciplinar de esta manifestación escénica, cuyo origen se pierde en los orígenes de la humanidad y su desarrollo sigue en paralelo la evolución cultural y tecnológica de la misma, permite abordar el tema desde la perspectiva del urbanismo, la antropología, la literaturización / representación de mitos, el juego y la idea de alienación.
The Cultural Landscape of Teenagers
An international and multidisciplinary conference co-organized by Elisabeth Lamothe, Delphine Letort (University of Maine-Le Mans in France, 3L.AM), and Heather Braun (University of Akron, Ohio) with the support of the regional program EnJeu(x).
Université du Mans, June 23rd and 24th, 2016
[Please note that the dates have been changed)
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 47th annual conference. The conference will be held in Denver, CO from March 31 to April 2, 2016.
The 2016 theme is "Creation" and CEA invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the rhetorical, the pedagogical and the professional "creations" of our fields. What do we create, hope our students will create, see or reconstruct in the creations of others?
The special panel chair for Book History welcomes proposals for papers and panels addressing the following topics:
Scholarly/theoretical essays, written so that they may also be read by the lay reader, solicited for a collection of essays on D.H. Lawrence's representation and treatment of peoples in the countries he travelled to : Ceylon/ Sri Lanka, Australia, USA, particularly New Mexico, and Mexico. How can we receive and read Lawrence's portrayals of indigenous peoples from our current context and interpretive perspectives? Relevant also is his treatment of the lower classes in the British contexts he writes about. What new theoretical approaches can we use to read, teach and explain Lawrence? In New Mexico, there is a great lay interest in D.H.