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Dickens in 2012: Preparing for Boz's Bicentennial

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:10am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

"The record of bitter moments": Prison Writing as a Genre, NeMLA convention, April 7-10, 2011

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:42am
Kristina Lucenko, Stony Brook University

From John Milton to Aphra Behn to Oscar Wilde to Angela Y. Davis, a striking number of writers have experienced some sort of imprisonment. This panel seeks papers on the role of prisons in textual and literary creation. Some of the questions we wish to address include: What are the various prison experiences across time periods--the gaol, the bridewell, the convent, the workhouse-prison, the psychiatric hospital--and how does each serve as a site of cultural production? How does the prison intersect with issues of gender, class, and nation? How does prison writing fit with other generic forms? Which genres of writing emerged from imprisonment? How do writers figure their incarceration--as periods of dispossession, withdrawal, renewal, or triumph?

[UPDATE] GLITS Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference: PARADOX (REGISTRATION is open; conference 26 June 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:08am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Registration for the GLITS Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference, is open. Admission is free.

The second annual conference is to be held at Goldsmiths College in London, UK, Saturday 26 June 2010. The keynote speaker is Christopher Norris.

The focus of the event this year is paradox, the strange territory between reason and intuition, involving the simultaneous processes of grasping and letting go of the doxa.


Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:25am

I am pleased to announce the publication of the third volume of "Ravenna", an online interdisciplinary journal devoted to the relationship between nineteenth-century Britain and Italy. "Ravenna" is edited by Elisa Bizzotto and Luca Caddia and published by Steven Halliwell at The Rivendale Press as one of THE OSCHOLARS group of fin de siècle journals under the general editorship of David Charles Rose.

This issue includes the following articles:

- Fabio Camilletti, "Veils. A Reading of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'St. Agnes of Intercession'";

Censored Literature Panel for NEMLA April 7-10, 2011, New Brunswick, N.J.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:10pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Teaching literature censored by governments or self-censored means engaging with social, religious, political, and sexual taboos dialectically related to the courage of writers. This panel will explore pedagogical methods appropriate for this topic, with the objective of exploring the secrets of other cultures and discovering our own biases. From Ulysses and Lolita to Satanic Verses and Children of Gebelaawi (or the Alley), what is the best way to explore these forbidden fruits? Please send proposals to Dr. Julia Keefer,

Reading Jacqueline Wilson

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:07pm
Helen Day, University of Central Lancashire

Creator of Tracy Beaker and one of Britain's top writers for children, there's hardly a young person in the UK that hasn't heard of Jacqueline Wilson. The most borrowed author in Britain's libraries, over 30 million copies of Wilson's books have been sold in the UK alone and they have been translated into 34 different languages. Amongst her awards are the Smarties Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Royal TV Society Best Children's Fiction Award. Jacqueline was Children's Laureate from 2005-07 and was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to literacy in schools. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson when she was awarded a DBE.

Cinema and Demos/ NEMLA 2011 convention, New Brunswick, April 7-10 2011

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:00pm
Elif Sendur / SUNY Binghamton

From its very inception the relation between cinema and masses is somewhat a concern among any scholar who takes cinema seriously. Whereas Kracauer underlines cinema's performance in fulfilling mass desires, Benjamin inaugurates the birth of a new subject who is simultaneously a critique and an actor. For Balazs and Munsterberg, the control of the production of cinema and preventing the mis-distribution of its meaning are of primary importance. Hence, from the very first moments, cinema has been conceptualized as a pharmakon even though critics have not put it in those terms explicitly.

ANS 2011 Annual Meeting, January 6-9, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:14pm
American Name Society

The American Name Society (ANS), a professional organization devoted to the study of names and their role in society, invites précis and abstracts for papers and program suggestions for its annual meeting to be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), the American Dialect Society (ADS), and other allied, professional organizations. The 2011 meeting will be at the Hilton Pittsburgh, January 6-9, 2011.

LUICD Graduate Conference 2011: Imagining Europe - Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:18am
Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines

'Qui parle Europe a tort. Notion géographique'. Otto von Bismarck's elliptic remark, scribbled in the margin of a letter from Alexander Gorchakov in 1876, would go on to become one of the most often-quoted statements about Europe. But was Bismarck right? Is Europe nothing but a geographical notion? Even the briefest glance at history shows that more often than not perceptions and definitions of Europe go beyond the mere geographical demarcation of a continent. In 1919, for instance, Paul Valéry imagined Europe as a living creature, with 'a consciousness acquired through centuries of bearable calamities, by thousands of men of the first rank, from innumerable geographical, ethnic and historical coincidences'.