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Gower and Medicine

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:37pm
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Eve Salisbury / Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media
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Recent innovations in narrative medicine, cognitive science, and theories of the body's experience of pain have opened up new paths of inquiry into literary work from the Middle Ages to our own postmodern moment. In an attempt to update and expand upon the early work of George G. Fox on John Gower's relation to and knowledge of the medieval sciences, Accessus seeks essays that focus on one or more of Gower's works in conjunction with medieval treatises, herbals, lapidaries, encyclopedias, health books, and other relevant materials.

'Hit iseie aboc iwrite': Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Vernacular Devotional Manuscripts (Kzoo 2016--deadline Sept. 15, 2015)

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:25pm
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Early Middle English Society
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The Early Middle English Society invites paper proposals for our session, "'Hit iseie aboc iwrite': Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Vernacular Devotional Manuscripts," at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 12-15 May 2016. Vernacular texts of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in England often fall in the gap between the two major fields of literary study, Old English and Middle English. While these texts have begun to receive the scholarly attention they deserve, religious and devotional texts are too often marginalized as not "literary."

Realigning French Stardom 1945-2015 (Panel - Abstract by Aug 10)

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:28pm
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SCMS Atlanta, Mar-Apr 2016

French stardom and those who obtain it have undergone many important moments of realignment since the end of World War II. Though less dominant than the Hollywood star machine, many French stars have reached and maintained a global audience, and during the postwar period French scholars such as Edgar Morin and Roland Barthes helped lay the intellectual foundation for star studies. Most recently, Ginette Vincendeau has positioned Juliette Binoche as a key star not only for France, but for all of Europe, suggesting that French stardom more broadly is primed to encompass new frameworks across national traditions, regional affiliations, and even media platforms (2015).

No Way Forward? – Nonlinear Temporalities and 20th-Century Culture

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:34am
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A roundtable at NeMLA / March 17-20, 2016 / Hartford, CT / Sara Marcus (Princeton University), Ezra Feldman (Cornell University)

The long twentieth century offers multiple examples of dramatic progress brought to a halt or even seemingly thrown into reverse: Freud writes about the first World War as foreclosing faith in human progress; the late '60s and early '70s brought complications to the Civil Rights movement and student movements; and the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001 undermined the narrative of American capitalist triumph that had held sway since the end of the Cold War.

"Metaphors of Detection" Roundtable; NeMLA 2016 (Abstract Submission Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 8:06am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Metaphors make the detective. Whether Poe's "clew," Doyle's game metaphor ("the game's afoot"), or film noir's labyrinths, the governing metaphors of the great fictional detectives encapsulate the underlying social, hermeneutic, and cultural assumptions that govern their methods.

This roundtable seeks papers on any aspect of the guiding metaphors of detective fiction from the genre's origins to the present day. Short presentations on detective narratives in any genre, language, or medium are welcome; talks on a single metaphor, author, or nexus of metaphors and authors are of particular interest.

Reminder - Victorian Brain

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:47am
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Victorian Network
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Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate and early career work across the broad field of Victorian Studies. We are delighted to announce that our eleventh issue (Summer 2016) will be guest edited by Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), on the theme of the Victorian Brain.

CFP Extended Deadline

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:09am
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Semper - Seminario Permanente di Poesia di Trento

Comunichiamo che il comitato direttivo di SEMPER - Seminario permanente di poesia diretto da Pietro Taravacci e Francesco Zambon ha stabilito di prorogare di dieci giorni la deadline per l'invio di proposte per il convegno Brevitas. Percorsi estetici tra forma breve e frammento nelle letterature occidentali, che si terrà nei giorni 4-6 novembre presso l'Università di Trento.

Un breve testo di presentazione e le linee di indagine proposte possono essere consultate all'indirizzo

[UPDATE] From Experiential to Expository: A Roundtable (NeMLA March 17-20, 2016; Deadline September 30, 2015)

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:06am
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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By extending the learning environment beyond the classroom's boundaries, undergraduate programs have stimulated lively pedagogical innovation across general education disciplines. The approach encourages rigorous critical thought via assignments that require students to think critically and to reflect actively on links between course materials, historical sites, and concrete social and cultural concerns. However, the popularity for the experiential, fed by administrative and parental enthusiasm, may hinder instructors and encumber students.

Rethinking the Neuronovel: Towards a Narrative Model of Cognition

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:16pm
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Hillel Broder / CUNY Graduate Center / NeMLA
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Marco Roth has recently suggested that we are living in the age of the neuronovel—a narrative form that narrates cognition in terms of neurochemistry, diagnosis, and heredity. Though recent narratives of amnesia, schizophrenia, and autism are often quick to identify their symptoms and types, the history of neurotypical and non-neurotypical minds in fiction is a long one. Instead of reading such fictions through the lens of biology, psychology, or neuroscience, however, how might we discover models of cognition that emerge from within narrative experiment itself?

Diagnosis Literature: Medical Narratives of the Nineteenth Century--NEMLA 2016 Hartford

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:53pm
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Amanda Caleb/Misericordia University
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This panel seeks to explore how medical narrative was used in nineteenth-century fiction and medical texts as a counterargument to the medical gaze, thereby rewriting the medical history of the period from the patient's prospective. The use of medical narrative as a counter-current to the profession's paternalism indicates the subversive nature of nineteenth-century literature and reinforces the value of storytelling and narrative within the "factual" world of medicine.

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