The following critical essay attempts to analyze the use of colonialism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness as a critique to human nature. It argues that Conrad uses Europe's conquering over Africa to explore the depths of the human heart and the darkness that lies within it. It seems that no matter the altruism or morality of a person, there is always the potential to succumb to one's deepest desires when maintained in a hostile and isolated environment. This essay argues that in Heart of Darkness, Conrad condemns human nature as fragile and susceptible to its environment. He also stresses the need of social cues and norms to restrain the darkness in men's hearts, which is the key to an orderly and functional civilization.
Recently scholars of modernism have advocated for a "global turn". Accordingly, the field of modernist studies has expanded to encompass times and places, authors and texts, which have been overlooked by traditional, canonical accounts of modernism. Extending the spatial and temporal boundaries of modernism has opened new avenues of inquiry and discovery. The decentering of modernist studies from its European focus has led to the inclusion of many non-European traditions and literatures. However, some argue that a global approach to the study of modernism ignores the particularities of history, culture, and language.
This panel will explore new directions within the field of modernist studies that reconsider the boundary between text and context. The early New Critical reception of modernism often privileged form at the expense of context, whether biographical, socio-political, or historical. More recently, a historicist turn in modernist studies has reintroduced context as crucial to the study of modernist texts. In yet another dialectical swing of the pendulum, "new formalism" has attempted to renovate the concept of form by rethinking its relation to context.
THE PAINS OF LANGUAGE
Graduate Conference at NYU German
Keynote: WERNER HAMACHER (Frankfurt am Main)
April 15-16, 2016
Deutsches Haus at New York University, New York City
"Schmerz versteinerte die Schwelle." TRAKL
Border Crossings:Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific
Society for the Study of American Women Writers & Université Bordeaux Montaigne
Dates: 5th – 8th July 2017
Venue: Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France
Conference director: Stéphanie Durrans
To maintain a continuity with our previous conference (in Philadelphia, November 2015) on liminality and hybrid lives, we would like this first SSAWW conference in Europe to address the significance of "border crossing[s]" in the lives and works of American women writers.
From lived realities to theoretical discourses, issues of mobility are at the core of many contemporary debates both within North America and globally. (Im)mobility transcends disciplinary boundaries and topics, generating disparate perspectives surrounding movements of people, capital and ideas. Migration, in particular, has become the focus of much recent analytical attention. As movements of people continue to gain focus, practices of immobility and exclusion are underscored.
The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians (Columbus State University) in conjunction with The Carson McCullers Society invite proposals for individual papers or complete panels about any aspect of Carson McCullers' life or work for the American Literature Association's 27th Annual Conference, to be held in San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 2016. Abstracts of no more than 250 words, should be sent to Alison Bertolini, Vice President, The Carson McCullers Society, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 20, 2016. Preliminary inquiries are welcome.
In travel writing, what is there to tell if everything goes according to plan? Shouldn't we grant that travel writing is to some extent dependent upon the frustrated expectations of the writing traveller, because they simultaneously reveal the distinctiveness of the visited place as well as the writer's preconceptions and as often misconceptions? That is, don't the worst trips, or the worst experiences of good trips, make for the best travel writing?
We are seeking papers for "Native Testimony," the second graduate conference of the Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group. "Native Testimony" will be held at Princeton University from May 6-7, 2016, and will feature work on Native American and Indigenous Studies topics by graduate students, as well as remarks from faculty commentators. Our keynote speaker will be Christine DeLucia, Assistant Professor of History at Mt. Holyoke College.
Call for submissions:
"Wait, I'm not allowed in the feminist club?"
Many women feel completely left out of the feminist movement. Intersectional feminism hopes to tackle this very issue.
We are interested in narratives which portray the feelings of separation or marginalization from feminism due to lack of representation within the feminist movement.
Some topics to consider:
• "Rich, white feminism"
Who Can Submit:
You can, that's who! We accept poetry, non-fiction prose, and fiction prose from all genders and sexes as long as they advocate for women.
We are pleased to invite proposals for the 28th annual graduate conference presented by Stony Brook University's Graduate English Society.
We just to let you know that we have decided to extend the deadline for article submissions until February, 1st, 2016. It doesn't matter whether you have or have not attended our conference this spring, if you think you might contribute an article here, you are more than welcome!
All articles should be in English. Those who pass the peer-review process will be first published in in online/ e-journal version of Hypercultura, so that you may have them before the print version as such.
In The Production of Space, Henri Lefebvre describes the city as "a production and reproduction of human beings by human beings." This conference aims to explore the poetics of (non)urban spaces and the city as a catalyst for self-making and -unmaking in the various localized manifestations of the self in literature and art. We envision metropolitan, (post)industrial, rural, etc. spaces as socially inflected images with the performative self at the core of their becoming.
A brief description is about the social and political up and downs in Spain from the 15th century to the 20th century through the eyes of the great poets, Quevedo and Machado.