The traditional boundaries of Romanticism - six male poets; the definite articles of Romantic image, imagination and ideology; an implicit focus on Englishness - have been comprehensively contested to transform the discipline into the study of Romanticisms, including novels, plays, polemic, periodicals and print culture alongside a widening canon of poetry; questioning the ideology of the Romantic Ideology; and expanding borders spatially, to include Four Nations, archipelagic, Europe-wide, transatlantic and postcolonial approaches, and temporally, beyond the 1790s and early nineteenth century to imagine a Romantic century running from ca. 1750-1850.
[There] are lines of articulation or segmentarity, strata and territories; but also lines of flight, movements of deterritorialization and destratification.
—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
standing on the map of my political desires
I toast to a borderless future
—Guillermo Gómez-Peña, "Freefalling Toward a Borderless Future"
Boundaries and intersections -- two contrasting metaphors and yet not quite a binary. On the one hand, these words spatially remind us of Venn diagrams: two bound circles with a space of intersection where they overlap. On the other hand, intersections can be places of traffic, movement over time, streams of cars or pedestrians crossing boundaries. Spatial overlap or temporal crossing--the stability of categories or their rupture. The humanities are constantly defined and redefined by the churning of boundaries and intersections.
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association's Annual Conference. The conference will be held May 26-29, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.
For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.
We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis's work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.
Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.
The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 is a peer-reviewed digital journal devoted to interdisciplinary scholarship on the period bracketed by the two World Wars. We are interested in approaches to texts of all kinds, emphasizing research on lesser-known writers and artists and understudied topics of the period, including literary and cultural responses to the First and Second World Wars.
In 2015 The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 transitioned to a digital open-access publication. In addition to publishing annual issues of the peer-reviewed journal on general and special topics, the journal's platform aims to serve as a digital scholarly community for those interested in research on the field of intermodernism.
"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible." -Jonathan Swift
The graduate students and English Department of the University of Arizona invite proposals for the annual New Directions Graduate Conference. Held every spring, New Directions is an interdisciplinary conference organized for and by graduate students as a way of drawing together student scholars across wide-ranging and diverse fields. This year's conference, titled "Visions: Temporality, Spectacle, and Space," will concern itself with varied modes and modalities of future progress and degradation, concerns about visual cultures and the construction of knowledge, and the possibilities inherent in spaces, places, and the demarcations that define them.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics Special Issue
Freaked and Othered Bodies in Comics
How do we define 'normal'? Quite literally it comes from the Latin norma meaning 'carpenter's square'. Straight. And 'abnormal'? That's from the Greek, anomalos, and the Latin abnormis, meaning 'monstrosity'. We leap cognitively, thanks to those boy-fucking, poison-guzzling, sheet-wearing Olympians right to 'monster.' Normal? Square. Abnormal? Monstrous."
— from the Eisner-award-winning and Harvey-award-rejecting comic, Sex Criminals (#12, Sept. 2015), by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky.
Power Dynamics: 2016 Media and the Environment Conference
University of California, Santa Barbara
April 29 and 30, 2016
Keynote address by University of Michigan Assistant Professor and poet Tung-Hui Hu, author of works including A Prehistory of the Cloud (2015, MIT Press) and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (2013, Copper Canyon Press)
Play's the Thing: Phenomenology and Play in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800
University of California, Santa Barbara
Conference Date: March 4-5, 2016
NEW PROPOSAL DUE DATE: December 11, 2015
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, "Play's the Thing: Phenomenology and Play in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800," to be held on March 4 and 5, 2016. We are happy to announce our three keynote speakers: Laura Engel (Duquesne University), James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago), and Bruce Smith (University of Southern California).
University at Albany 14th Annual EGSO Conference: Crisis and Recovery
April 1-2, 2016
Critical Keynote Address: Patrick Deer (NYU)
Creative Keynote Address: Elisa Albert (Columbia)