When iconic feminist scholar Susan Gubar is faced with ovarian cancer, she turns to research and her pen to produce her 2012 Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer -- depicting her “life-in-death” (188) illness with brutal honesty. Gubar emphasizes a “[telling of] the truth about the experiences of the female body” as her illness works to destroy her understanding of self. While her text serves as a means to capture her illness narrative even as it defies cancer-related tropes, her memoir becomes a space where her writing process and writing product help her to work with and around her illness.
In “The Storyteller,” Walter Benjamin draws a figure whose narratives imparts wisdom and lived experience, one whose stories “[have] counsel for his readers.” He laments “the art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.” For Benjamin, the solitary and isolated author has no lived experience to offer in her stories, for rather than epistemological stories she produces only informative narratives that offer “evidence of the profound perplexity of living.”
NeMLA 2018, April 12-15, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2017
Navigating urban spaces as a queer subject in a global world can prove to be challenging. Indeed, the experience of being queer in the cité, favela or any major urban space around the globe may conjure up a different reality based on the subject’s country and society. This panel will consider the way writers, filmmakers, and intellectuals view queers and their relationship with the urban spaces they inhabit, especially cities implicated in postcoloniality, globalization, and nationalism and that struggle with tradition and modernity, religious faith and secularism, political upheavals and economic crises.
Call for Submissions
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 is a peer reviewed, open access, scholarly journal, sponsored by the Aphra Behn Society and the University of South Florida. Published twice a year, the journal focuses on gender, women’s issues, and all aspects of women in the arts in the long eighteenth century, including pedagogy and digital research techniques and findings. We are particularly interested in articles that take advantage of the multi-media potential of the online environment.
5th – 6th April 2018 at the University of Liverpool
THE SECOND ANNUAL THATCHER NETWORK CONFERENCE
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Lord Michael Heseltine
Stephen Farrall (Sheffield)
David Jeffery (Liverpool)
Fifth International Conference on Humanities
History & Memory
April 5th, 6th & 7th, 2018
Organized by the Department of English at the Institut Supérieur des Langues Appliquées et d’Informatique de Béja (ISLAIB) in Tunisia in partnership with Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) in Alabama.
Venue: Higher Institute of Applied Languages and Computer Science of Beja, Tunisia
Call for Papers
Sounding Transnational Literature
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting
March 29 – April 1, 2018, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Co-organizer: Julie Cyzewski, Murray State University
Co-organizer: Lisa Hollenbach, Oklahoma State University
The Ontario Chapter of the AATSP (AATSP-ON) invites you to participate in its annual conference, hosted this year by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures of the University of Ottawa, on Nov 3-4, 2017.
Deadline for submissions is Oct 10, 2017.
Presentations (20 minutes; 7/8 pages, Times 12, double-spaced) and workshops (30 minutes) will focus on the topics outlined below.
Stream 1 – Research and Criticism: Interdisciplinary discussions focused on cultural production and socio-political, economic, environmental, and geographic themes:
CALL FOR PAPERS
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Annual Meeting 2018
Los Angeles March 29–April 1, 2018
The Labor of Reading – Configurations in Literature and Criticism