According to the OED, the word tourism enters the English lexicon at the dawn of the nineteenth century, thus institutionalizing the notion that travel is a necessary component of personal development. As crowds of earnest bourgeois travelers displaced the solitary young aristocrat on the Grand Tour a vast body of literature concerned with both mundane and exalted facets of foreign places cropped up to fulfill a new set of needs. Owing to the diversity of places to which individuals traveled and the many different reasons for doing so, these needs were diverse and multiform.
THE RETURN OF FORM. The growing interest in the idea of form that recently emerged in History of Science, Literature and Media Studies seems to point to an increasing need: to reassess the productivity of literature as such. This novel 'consciousness of form' is aiming at two counter-trends in academic research: the expansion of the Literary in the fields of discourse history and its reduction to a matter of narration. The conference will build upon the recent interest in form and modeling; it will explore both the poetics and the history of form (Burdorf) in case studies that cover a wide range of topics – in literary history as well as with regard to other discourses and academic fields.
22–24 July 2015
Conference Theme: 'London in Love'
Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Imtiaz Dharker (poet, artist and documentary film-maker)
Dr. Gregory Dart (University College London)
Professor Kate Flint (University of Southern California)
Fort Worth native Patricia Highsmith's works call for reconsideration in light of Žižek's philosophical readings and cinematic interpretations. Submit 300 word abstract and 1-page CV by 15 March 2015.
ISSO - INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL IN ONTOLOGY
Monday 24 August - Saturday 29 August 2015
ISSO is a six days school which provides an unique insight into the contemporary debate on ontology. Six leading philosophers will address this classical philosophical question from different perspectives.
Paul M. Livingston
Marco Piasentier and Andrea Soardo
The Laboratorio studi mediterranei (Università della Svizzera italiana) announces the International Conference titled "New Configurations of the Mediterranean: the Role of Women", in honour of Vittorio Dan Segre and Luigiterzo Bosca, to be held in Lugano on 28-29 May 2015.
Hawthorne and Influence: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantics
The Mexican Revolution and U.S. Modernism
Panel Title: Dystopia and Race in Contemporary American Literature.
This panel is sponsored by College English Association (CEA).
Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume on ecofeminist literary criticism titled Literature and Ecofeminism. Contributions covering a range of literary forms from diverse cultures and national traditions are welcome. Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to email@example.com by April 1, 2015. Proposers will be notified about whether their submissions are accepted for the book by April 15, 2015. For accepted proposals first drafts of full chapters (8,000 – 9,000 words) are due by September 1, 2015, and final versions are due November 1, 2015.
"Mess With Texas"
Modern Language Association Conference
January 7-10, 2016
Grasping at Screens—MLA panel for 2016 convention
Call for Papers
Roots and Routes: The Twenty-First-Century Southern Novel
Guest Editor: Christopher Lloyd
In "Tradition and the Practice of Poetry", T.S. Eliot states that "The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new. Not necessarily to make new things." In a similar vein, in ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound famously argues that literature is "news that stays news". Years after its hey-day, how do we understand modernism's commitment to the "new"? From a contemporary standpoint, how has modernism's past been made new again? From W.B. Yeats' turning gyre, to Charlie Chaplin's persistent factory gears in Modern Times, we can gather that when it comes to modernism, "revolution" need not only mean change, but also the very cyclicality of change itself.