In Speech Genres and Other Late Essays, Mikhail Bakhtin insists on the "sharp and categorical boundary line between the actual world of representation and the world represented in the work of art." Yet in no genre is this line more regularly blurred than the many forms that can be loosely grouped together under the label of autobiography. While all literary texts contain within them some ideological engagement with reality, the particular tensions that define many of the urban centers of the Global South often move this relationship to the forefront of the narrative.
Victorian News: Print Culture & The Periodical Press
Midwest Victorian Studies Association 2016 Conference
April 8-10, University of Missouri, Columbia
Please find below a call for papers for IMC July 2016; 'Exploring the Medieval Imaginative Landscape'.
I am organising a session around the broad topic of 'The Medieval Imaginative Landscape', which is seeking collaborators working in any area which touches on medieval discourses about the strange or the supernatural. I would like to encourage a holistic approach to this topic, thus papers could draw upon a wide range of sources including, but not limited to: altarpieces, tapestries, tombs, archaeological finds, sagas, romances, chronicles, exempla, saints' lives etc. Participants might approach the sources from a variety of perspectives including cultural history, art history, literary analysis etc.
How can ecocritical approaches best be applied to watery landscapes? This panel seeks papers focusing on the literature of water (oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.) and islands. The goal is to explore the variety of ways that authors approach the literary landscapes of water and island worlds, from the kinds of relationships characters and human communities have to water to the myriad ways that water and island worlds can be narrated. Ecocriticism and landscape theory have not focused on water, yet it is as essential to life as land. What kinds of places are watery places? How is Tuan's distinction between space and place applicable to watery landscapes?
Abstracts due Sept 14, 2015
Paper proposals are invited for an H.D. International Society panel at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 18-20, 2016. This is a welcoming conference that is hosted each year by the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY and which typically features a healthy mix of academic and creative writing presentations. Keynote speakers on the program will include Rodrigo Toscano, Johanna Drucker, Mat Johnson, and Lisa Gitelman.
Post45 Graduate Student Conference
February 5 & 6, 2016
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keynote Speech by Danielle Christmas
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill English Department seeks graduate-level works-in-progress in post-1945 American literature and culture. Works-in-progress may range from conference papers to article or dissertation chapter drafts.
This call for papers requests personal essays that disclose experiences of dealing with prejudice (of any kind) as a professor or as a graduate student. Please write about what happened and mediate your experience by analyzing it as well.
"Gothic Routes: Travel Writing and the Gothic"
ASECS in Pittsburgh, March 31-April 3rd, 2016
This panel will focus on the connections between travel writing as a genre and the uses of, representations about, and innovative connections between it and conventions of the gothic. Themes and topics may include: narrative relationships between the gothic and travel narratives, gender and travel writing/gothic tropes, empire and the gothic/travel narratives, exploration and the gothic, finding the "other" and the narrative of travel writing and the gothic.
Please send abstract to M. Soledad Caballero, Associate Professor of English, email@example.com, by Sept. 15, 2015
Southwestern American Literature's special music issue
From now until August 1, 2016 we will be accepting submissions for our Fall 2016 issue, which will focus on music and musicians of the American Southwest.
For this issue we are accepting a multitude of forms and genres such as:
• Creative Non-Fiction
• Critical essays
• Song Lyrics
• and more!
We ask that you limit prose submissions to 25 pages or less and poetry submissions to 10 pages. You may submit more than once, but please wait until you hear from us before resubmitting.
Popular Culture Association 2016 National Conference
March 21-25, 2016
The area Westerns and the West values a variety of approaches to the exploration of America's frontier heritage and mythology.
This panel invites proposals exploring The Brontës' ability to create striking female characters. Do these authors create conventional women characters or do they deviate from contemporary societal expectations? What might be the motivation or the outcome of creating either type? Papers are invited to examine the traditional, non-traditional, expected and unexpected constructions of womanhood found in the Brontë sisters' works. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract by September 30, 2015.
Proposers must sign in or create a user account in the NeMLA database. All proposal submissions must be made via the NeMLA website at:
21st Century Evils
17th Global Conference: The Evil Project
Call for Participation 2016
Thursday 17th March – Saturday 19th March 2016
Please consider submitting a paper for a panel entitled "The Literary Monument and the Tre corone: Materials, Authorship, Solemnity" at NeMLA in Hartford, March 2016.
Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio establish a canon of literary texts in the vernacular, both by instituting continuity between their works and those of classical authors and by materially and critically formalizing a history of progressively more refined vernacular texts. This panel explores this at times inventive and mythographical approach to literary history through which the tre corone enact new notions of authorship, authoriality, and authority.
Adaptation in the Arts: Theory and Practice