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Cities, Centers, and Limits in Post-1945 American Literature (March 17-20, NeMLA 2016)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:22pm
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Tim Clarke, Caroline Holland

The city is a frequent topos in the literature of modernism and post-modernism, traceable from T. S. Eliot's "Unreal City" of The Waste Land to the imagined Guadalajara of John Ashbery's "The Instruction Manual," and yet, our sense of urban space grows less certain after 1945, when both the city and its literature change rapidly in step with the new post-war world. These times of mounting anxiety over city space and its expanding limits--from suburbs and slums to the growing insularity of neighborhoods--also give rise to a problem of literary periodization: where does modernism end, and what succeeds it? Should we speak of a "long modernism" (Amy Hungerford 2008), or do the aesthetics of the period demand another name altogether?

"The Autobiographical bande dessinée: When Art Imitates Life".

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:48pm
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47th Annual NeMLA Convention in Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016)
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In recent years, the critical discourse surrounding the personal narrative has increasingly recognized autobiography as an important literary genre that is developed within a continuously evolving framework. The recent inclusion of unconventional modes of personal writing within discussions on autobiography reflects the latest development in autobiography studies from a highly conventional genre to an open, changing, and ever-expanding practice that connects writing with other modes of representation.

"The Autobiographical bande dessinée: When Art Imitates Life".

updated: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:47pm
full name / name of organization: 
47th Annual NeMLA Convention in Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016)
contact email: 

In recent years, the critical discourse surrounding the personal narrative has increasingly recognized autobiography as an important literary genre that is developed within a continuously evolving framework. The recent inclusion of unconventional modes of personal writing within discussions on autobiography reflects the latest development in autobiography studies from a highly conventional genre to an open, changing, and ever-expanding practice that connects writing with other modes of representation.

Call for book essays, Making and Being Made: Visual Representations and/of Citizenship

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:30pm
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Corey Dzenko and Theresa Avila

Call for papers for Book Essays in edited collection

Traditionally defined by an individual's membership and level of participation within a community, scholars such as Eric Hobsbawm describe how "citizenship" results in access to benefits or rights. Yet citizenship moves beyond political framings. According to Aiwha Ong, cultural citizenship is a "dual process of self-making and being-made" but done so "within webs of power linked to the nation-state and civil society." Taking citizenship as a political position, cultural process, and intertwining of both, this book seeks essays that examine the role of art and visual culture in the Modern and Contemporary eras.

Dangerous Girls or Girls in Danger? (Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference March/April 2016)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:02pm
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Michele Meek
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Dangerous Girls or Girls in Danger?: Questioning Narratives of Girls' Sexuality

Girls' sexuality has long been a site of intense parental, pedagogical and public concern. Even today, the question of how (or even if) a girl might be sexual without being passively 'sexualized' continues to resonate, as evidenced by the American Psychological Association's 2007 Report of the Task Force on The Sexualization of Girls.

This proposed panel for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies 2016 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia seeks to explore conflicting narrative representations of girls' sexual desires and behaviors, in hopes of drawing out the divergences, presumptions, and anxieties regarding the sexuality of girls.

Call for essay proposals: edited collection on Joni Mitchell

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 12:33pm
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University of Lincoln, UK
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Call for submissions: An edited collection on the work of Joni Mitchell.

Editor: Dr. Ruth Charnock [University of Lincoln, UK].

Joni Mitchell is widely recognised as an innovative, influential, much-loved and much-imitated artist. From her debut album Song to a Seagull to her most recent Shine, Mitchell's music: her tunings, her lyrics, her scope have drawn critical and popular acclaim. And yet, scholarly attention to her work has been relatively limited. This edited collection will attend to Mitchell as a figure worthy of sustained critical thought and appreciation, with a major publisher having already expressed interest.

CFP: Colonialism, War & Photography

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 11:35am
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King's College London London, United Kingdom

Call for Papers for an Interdisciplinary Workshop as part of the research project Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War.

Colonialism, War & Photography

London - 17 September 2015

Call for Proposals: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) Conference 2016 11/2/15; 3/10-13/16

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 10:54am
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Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS)
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Theme: Natural and Unnatural Histories
Keynote Speakers: Kate Flint (University of Southern California) and Elaine Freedgood (NYU)

March 10-13, 2016, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, NC
Hosted by Appalachian State University
incs2016.appstate.edu

(Re)forming the Progressive Era

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 9:59am
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Autumn Womack and Laura Fisher - C19: The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists
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(Re)forming the Progressive Era

The Progressive Era (1890-1920) occupies an unsettled place in Americanist literary studies, despite the period's claims to forward-looking progress. To some extent, this uneasy relationship to the discipline-- whose professional protocols, pedagogy, and scholarship often operates by means of century-based periodization-- reflects the period's own wildly unsettled nature.

Special Issue 'African Returns' for African Literature Today journal (deadline 15 Sept 2015)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 8:30am
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African Literature Today journal
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This special issue will focus on literary texts by African writers in which the protagonist returns to his/her 'original' or ancestral 'home' in Africa from other parts of the world. Oxfeld and Long, writing on the ethnography of return suggest that it differs from globalization and transnationalism since 'it is situated in particular events and experiences' reflecting 'particular historical, social, and personal contexts' (2004: 3). Nevertheless, they go on to state that returns do have an effect not only on the communities the returnee leaves or joins but also on 'global ways of relating and interacting with one another' (2004: 3-4).

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