NeMLA( Northeast Modern Language Association) 48th Annual Convention March 23-26 in Baltimore, Maryland, Session title: 'Reader, I married him!': Investigating 19th-century Readers and Reading the 19th Century As Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre reminds us with her exclamation, “Reader, I married him!,” writers of fiction in the nineteenth century were very aware of their readership with texts. In the increasingly literate century, readers were savvy consumers, rapt fans, and scathing critics. They read penny papers, novels, and genre specific magazines. They read at home, in libraries, and on trains.
In recent years, texts once dismissed as lowbrow (such as Stoker’s Dracula and Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories) have become staples in the university classroom. Despite worldwide fame as the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie too often appears as only a generic example of classic detective fiction.
This is at odds with a recent surge of critical interest, beginning, perhaps, with Pierre Bayard’s work on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. A recent edition of Clues (Vol. 34, No. 1) highlights current Christie scholarship and calls for irreverent re-readings, “teasing out the genuinely experimental and decidedly nonpatterned aspects of Christie’s writing” (Rolls and Guldal 8).
NEMLA 2017 March 23-26, 2017- Baltimore, MD
Call for Paper for Panel
« Mythes et réalités des identités francophones en Amérique du Nord »
Ihesu Dulcis: Devotion to the Holy Name in Medieval Europe
ICMS Kalamazoo 2017
Learning in the Digital Library (special session of the 114th Annual PAMLA Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016)
The availability of online collections of digitized documents from institutions from around the world has profoundly changed our methods of research and publication. This session investigates the pedagogical innovations which this newfound wealth of original material can foster in the classroom.
To submit proposal to extended deadline session, please go to
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Department of Liberal Studies
Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education
April 3-5, 2017
Nemla Baltimore March 23-26 2017
Call For Abstracts: Fostering Global Competence Through Film: Reimagining the Foreign Culture and Language Class
Please consider submitting an abstract for the proposed session below to be held at the NeMLA Convention in Baltimore, March 23-26, 2017.
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its fourteenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. We are delighted to welcome Diana Henderson of MIT as our keynote speaker.
Pre-Modernisms: Friday, October 28th, The Graduate Center, CUNY
12th Annual Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Graduate Student Conference
Inviting proposals for
The 40th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
October 20–22, 2016
Wright State University Dayton, Ohio
Proposals accepted until August 15, 2016
Dr. Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English at George Washington University
Dr. Curtis Perry, Professor of English at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
This panel examines writings by Latinas during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It utilizes Justice Sonia Sotomayor's “wise Latina” figure as a framework for how different writers identify and subvert different forms of social oppression in the U.S. This panel explores how these subversions are created using specific aesthetic conceits that are culturally nuanced and thus provide moments of community fashioned healing and empowerment that are specific to their own communities while also making spaces for solidarity between Latinas.
Proposal submissions are welcome for the standing panel on Comparative American Ethnic Literature in conjunction with the 114th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) being held Nov. 11-13 in Pasadena, CA.
The extended deadline for proposals is July 1, 2016.
This year's conferencee theme is "Archives, Libraries, and Properties" (to align with the wealth of archival and library resources in the Pasadena area). However, the Comparative American Ethnic Literature panel is NOT restricted to discussions related to the conference theme. All topics relevant to the standing panel focus on American Ethnic Literature are encouraged.
While labor economics and political theory regularly engage the phenomenon of class conflict, literary study often glosses over it. This roundtable seeks to resuscitate the vexed question of class-bias in the academy, as reflected in the absence of or meager attention given to literary representations of working class consciousness. Papers drawing from any literary chronology and any genres are welcomed. The purpose of this roundtable is first to explore the marginalization of working class life but then to propose a remedy. How can literary studies acquire cross-class agency, recognizing working class experience within a traditional literary canon? This will be the roundtable's culminating question for presenters and attendees.
Since the 1980s-1990s, the terms “autopathography” and “autothanatography” have increasingly been used by the theorists of autobiography. Defined by Thomas Couser as “life writing that focuses on the single experience of critical illness” (“Introduction: The Embodied Self”, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, vol.6, no 1, Spring 1991, 1), autopathography often— but not always—envisions death. The aporic term autothanatography, the writing of one’s own death, has provided a useful framework for the theorists interested in the relationships between writing, the self and death.
Academic archives and special collections are treasure troves for student engagement. These repositories contain tactile examples of institutional history that are instrumental for student research and inspirational for student creativity. Increasingly teaching faculty are collaborating with archivists and librarians in the promotion and use of these unique treasures. From these materials, students draw inspiration, often transforming the notion of what constitutes a book. Archives in turn may curate these works, documenting student research and properties for future generations. We invite presentations of work derived from or inspired by archival holdings and present strategies for encouraging similar artistic expression and curation.