In a recent film, 45 Years (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2015), a couple about to celebrate forty-five years of marriage hear of the recovery of the body of the husband’s erstwhile girlfriend – whose name resembles that of the wife – found perfectly preserved in Alpine ice. This discovery implicitly affects the two differently: it appears that the husband is shocked at reminders of lost youth, while the wife is affected by the vivid idea (supplemented by slides she views) of a rival who pre-existed her and thus has a permanent kind of precedence. The same effect is experienced by the unnamed narrator-protagonist of Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier, 1938), who enters a haunted marriage dominated by her predecessor and the violent enigma surrounding her.
PAMLA Conference 2016
“The History of the Book”
"The History of the Book" is an approved session focusing on the way in which books and other written texts (material, virtual) developed through the ages and also, on the cultural, economic and political role of books, libraries, archives and book collections in society.
Paper proposals are welcome on topics including but not limited to:
12016 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Annual Conference
Asian Literature Session
Nov. 11-13, 2016
We invite papers (15-20 minutes) for the Asian Literature session of the 114th Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) annual conference that will take place over the November 11-13, 2016 weekend at Westin Pasadena in Pasadena, CA.
Are there really no Sundays west of St. Louis and is there no god west of Fort Smith? Representing a set of assumptions about the American Character, progress, law, order, and the conquest of nature, conflicts concerning the ideal and themes of redemption figure prominently in Westerns. On the Western’s frontier, figures of power and subversion abound—lawmen and outlaws, gamblers and gunmen, cavalry wives and soiled doves, the Indian chiefs and buffalo scouts.
I am seeking contributions for a collection of essays on James Boswell that focuses on those writings in his literary career that have attracted little critical attention, work he published in newspapers, magazines, and pamphlets. Potential contributors could focus on, but are certainly not limited to: his magazine columns, the miscellaneous poetry that appeared in the periodical press; and writing he intended to publish in the periodical press but didn’t. Proposals on his books that address topical subjects (which would include his books on Corsica and the Douglas Cause) would be of interest, as would his relations with the press and/or its editors.
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
26th Annual Conference
November 3-5, 2016
Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Hotel
Call for papers:
Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.
Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Thursday, June 30, 2016.
PAMLA 2016: Ekphrasis: Classical, Modern and Post-Modern
This special session will explore the evolution of ekphrasis from its roots in the Homeric period to the present day. Papers on any aspect of ekphrasis, theoretical or applied, are welcome.
Submission Deadline: June 2, 2016
Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website
For questions about the session please contact Diana Shaffer at
Preliminary Call for Participation
2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
CALL FOR PAPERS—DEADLINE EXTENDED
November 4-6, 2016
“Latin American and Spanish Female Voices On Stage: Between Utopia and Dystopia”