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Prize for best grad student, independent scholar, of junior faculty paper: Dickens Syposium

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 11:23am
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The Dickens Society
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The Dickens Society is pleased to be able to offer

The Robert B. Partlow, Jr. Prize

Applications are invited for the Partlow Prize, named in honor of the original Secretary-Treasurer of the Dickens Society and one of its founding members. The prize may be in the form of EITHER one stipend of $500 OR two of $300 (if two recipients are chosen), and is intended to defray costs of attending the Dickens Symposium, in order to deliver a paper on any aspect of Dickens's life or work. The registration fee and cost of the Dickens Dinner will also be waived.

UPDATE: ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 10:18am
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Edinburgh University Press

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Robert Singer (CUNY Graduate Center, Liberal Studies) and Gary D. Rhodes (Queens University, Belfast), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. The volumes to be published this year focus on Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, and Budd Boetticher.

Global Dickens

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 10:15am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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47th Annual Northeast MLA Convention; Hartford, Connecticut; March 17-20, 2016

Panel Title: Global Dickens (panel sponsored by the Dickens Society)

Chair: Diana Archibald (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

Description:

World-wide interest in Charles Dickens experienced a resurgence during the bicentennial in 2012 when scholars and enthusiasts across the globe engaged in celebrations, interrogations, and encounters with the Inimitable. Throughout the last two decades a few works of interest have been published on global Dickens, and this appears to be a growing topic of interest both for Dickensians and other scholars, especially those researching and writing in postcolonial and cultural studies.

[UPDATE] AMSN3: Modernist Work

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 5:14am
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Australasian Modernist Studies Network (AMSN)
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AMSN3: Modernist Work

The Third Biennial Conference of the Australasian Modernist Studies Network

Date: 29-31 March 2016
Venue: University of New South Wales, Sydney

Abstracts due: 1 October 2015
Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2015

CFP - Poems for Oral Interpretation - October 31, 2015

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 1:10am
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Pay Attention: Poems for Oral Interpretation

http://payattentionjournal.com/

Pay Attention: Poems for Oral Interpretation is seeking poems that make for dynamic reading performances. The journal's mission, in particular, is to collect and promote high quality poetry that may be performed on the high school and college forensics circuits and taught in classrooms that feature the oral interpretation of poetry.

[UPDATE]

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 5:56pm
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Southwest Popular & American Culture Association
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Call for Papers: Pedagogy and Popular Culture
Southwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference
February 10-13, 2016
Albuquerque, NM
http://www.southwestpca.org
Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2015

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-842-1234

We are happy to announce the 37th annual Southwest Popular & American Culture conference in beautiful downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico!

A Matter of Things?

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 4:26pm
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American Association for Italian Studies
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This American Association for Italian Studies panel engages recent theories of materiality, such as Thing Theory and Posthumanism, to reflect on the stuff of Italian literature and visual culture.

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In "Genius loci" Alberto Arbasino characterizes the literary landscape from which Gadda emerged as an accumulation of objects that seem to have escaped from Gozzano's decaying villas to testify to a connection with the human, beyond the practice of use:

23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 4:18pm
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Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
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23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work

5-6 April 2016
METU Culture and Convention Centre
Ankara, Turkey

Department of Foreign Language Education,
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

Contact person: Asst. Prof. Dr. Dürrin Alpakın Martinez-Caro

Contact email: bnc2016@metu.edu.tr

"23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work" is a two-day conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, 5-6 April 2016. We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Agatha Christie's life and work.

Cities of the Future - NeMLA Conference 2016 - Hartford, CT

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 1:11pm
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Matthew Lambert / Carnegie Mellon University
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This panel seeks to explore representations of futuristic cities from all periods in American literature, film, and other cultural mediums. In particular, it seeks papers responding to one or more of the following questions: In what ways have American writers and filmmakers envisioned future urban landscapes? In what ways have these visions changed over the course of American history and why? How have urban theorists, critics, and reformers as well as particular ideologies (Christian, technocratic, socialist, libertarian, environmentalist, etc.) shaped them? In what ways do the past and present (or the erasure of the past and/or present) affect their depictions?

Queer Theory in French DUE 09/30

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 1:03pm
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NeMLA
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47th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
17 March - 20 March 2016

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2015

What Next? Narrative in the Post-Post-Modernist and Post-Meta-Fiction Era

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:08pm
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Richard Trama (Stockton University) NeMLA Conference 17-20 March 2016

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.

Special Issue of Philip Roth Studies: Other People's Roths

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 11:44am
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Philip Roth Studies

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 ...

ACLA 2016: A Sense of Unease: The Materiality of Horror

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 11:27am
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Thomas Stuart (UWO), Riley McDonald (UWO) / ACLA
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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.

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