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[UPDATE] The Fictional Lives of American Presidents

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Friday, March 26, 2010 - 3:47pm
Christian Long / University of Canterbury, Jeff Menne / University of Richmond

While cinema, television, and literature have regularly imagined fictional presidents, the act of fictionalizing the lives of American presidents—that is, giving fictional account of nonfictional presidents—is an imaginative endeavor with greater entailments: it configures the actual and the virtual, the real and the fictional, as a function of our contemporary incapacity to think historically about our present. Real U.S. presidents appear in a number of recent films—Dick (1999) and Frost/Nixon (2008) tell Nixon's tale, while both Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) and W. (2008) feature a sitting president.

[UPDATE] Shakespeare and Popular Music Colloquium, September 6, 2010

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Friday, March 26, 2010 - 3:00pm
Shakespeare and Popular Music Colloquium

2010 Shakespeare and Popular Music Conference and Colloquium
School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
September 6, 2010

"If music be the food of love, play on" – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (I.i.1)

"See I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare,
Jesus Christ the King of these Latter Day Saints here" – Eminem, "Renegade"

Peer English 6

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Friday, March 26, 2010 - 1:28pm
Dr Ben Parsons/ University of Leicester

Peer English (ISSN 1746-5621) is a refereed academic journal, now in its fifth year, published by members of the School of English at the University of Leicester. Our remit is to publish leading research from those academics at the very beginnings of their careers (graduate study, post-doctoral research) through to those already established within the community. This approach also includes the notion of 'work in progress' and we welcome contributions of high academic standards from those currently involved in active research, be they doctoral candidates or Heads of Departments.

Update: Packingtown Review Journal of Arts and Scholarship

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Friday, March 26, 2010 - 9:02am
Packingtown Review

The editors of Packingtown Review, a journal of the University of Illinois at Chicago, published by the University of Illinois Press, invite submissions for its third issue to be released in 2011.

The journal publishes creative work in genres: drama, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary translation.

We seek submission of scholarly papers including: literary criticism, interdisciplinary scholarship, comparative literature,
critical theory, rhetorical studies, cultural studies, and political theory.

We also accept for consideration: interviews, critical reviews of books, films and the arts in general, genre-bending work that explores or challenges form, and graphic art and photographs.

The Fictional Lives of American Presidents - collection

updated: 
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 11:56pm
Christian Long / University of Canterbury, Jeff Menne / University of Richmond

While cinema, television, and literature have regularly imagined fictional presidents, the act of fictionalizing the lives of American presidents—that is, giving fictional account of nonfictional presidents—is an imaginative endeavor with greater entailments: it configures the actual and the virtual, the real and the fictional, as a function of our contemporary incapacity to think historically about our present. Real U.S. presidents appear in a number of recent films—Dick (1999) and Frost/Nixon (2008) tell Nixon's tale, while both Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) and W. (2008) feature a sitting president.

Travel and Literature, PAMLA Conference, November 13-14, 2010

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:59pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii

How does travel, in literal or figurative terms, impact the racial identification of the traveler, or their sense of the racial identification of those among whom they travel? Papers sensitive to the intersections between race and other forms of identification, such as sex, gender, and class, are of considerable interest to this Travel and Literature standing session panel, as are papers that reflect travel among others in asymmetric relations of position or power to the traveler.
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Directions for PAMLA Submissions

PAMLA will host its 108th Annual Conference on Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 2010, at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawai'i: Please visit pamla.org to find out more!

Call for Papers -- The Ethics of Racial Identity, PAMLA 2010 Special Session

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 1:49pm
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. This special session invites papers addressing the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, tags) in researching, analyzing, and writing about literature. Presenters may discuss specific applications, case-studies, or general theories about online collaboration and research.

The Ethics of Racial Identity: PAMLA 2010 Special Session

[UPDATE] -- PAMLA 2010: Nation and the Mother Tongue(s); abstracts 5 April 2010

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:53pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, 13-14 November 2010 (Chaminade U., Honolulu, HI)

The shape of nationalist fervor is drawn against a background of coherent visuals. But what if the mother tongue speaks in pluralities at the very origin of the nation? This panel seeks to examine the roles of accents, dialects, inflections, and multilingualisms within and upon the national project, as well as the effects of gendered experience on nationalist constructs.

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