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Roundtable on Perspectives in Historicist Pedagogy • NeMLA Convention (April 30-May 3, 2015)

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:36pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

How has the historicist turn in literary studies changed undergraduate teaching? What do historicist and/or materialist scholars teach, how, and with (or without) what kinds of materials? Inviting perspectives from the range of languages and fields represented by the MLA, this roundtable session invites proposals for presentations that either theorize principles in historicist pedagogy or present examples of syllabi, course texts, classroom practices, and assignments informed by historicist approaches to scholarship. Submit a 300-word abstract by Sept. 30 to the NeMLA website (registration required):

College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:04am
Graham MacPhee / College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies

College Literature is an international, peer-reviewed academic journal published in partnership with Johns Hopkins University Press. CL is dedicated to publishing high quality, original, and innovative scholarly research from across the discipline of literary studies. The journal is currently considering manuscripts for publication in our general issues forthcoming in 2015 (Volume 42). We welcome submissions from across the various periods, intellectual fields, and topics of Anglophone and comparative literary studies for inclusion in our forthcoming general issues. We particularly encourage submissions that interrogate the terms of their own critical practice and reflect on the current parameters of literary study.

Lydgate and London at Kalamazoo 2015

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:28pm
Lydgate Society

The session proposes to trace Lydgate's importance as a poet of the city. Within the space between social classes and their respective expectations, Lydgate's poetry traced the outline of London: the urban heart of England and the moral mirror of its people. Lydgate was not just a court poet, but a civic poet – a poet whose writings shaped the public sentiments of London's people, mediated between the desires of the aristocracy and the power of the citizenry, and, in doing so, articulated the experience of London life.

All the World's a Stage: Performance and Performativity in Medieval England-May 14-17, 2015

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:32am
Cornell University Medieval Studies Panel for the 2015 International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo

The Easter Matins Liturgy recorded in the Regularis Concordia calls for four of the brethren to reenact the interplay between the angel and the three Marys when they first venture to Christ's tomb. At the end of this enactment, the audience is drawn into the action of the Gospel stories as the brothers standing in place of Marys take the linen from the staged sepulcher and "hold it up before the clergy; and as though showing that the Lord was risen and was no longer wrapped in it" (51). The visual reenactment of this celebrated event provides a didactic and catechetical moment for the monastic community, making evident the mystery of Easter. Yet it also unites the community to the apostles and others present at the first Easter.

Cross-cultural Studies Call for Papers Vol. 1, No.12 (Deadline: September 15th, 2014.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:32am
The Center for Cross-cultural Studies (CFCS), NCCU

Cross-cultural Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal published by Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, and has been indexed in the THCI (Taiwan Humanities Citation Index). It is published biannually and covers Chinese and English articles. The journal has been devoted to offering inter-disciplinary perspectives on cultural/cross-cultural issues and promoting academic engagements since 2008.

[UPDATE] Teaching College Literature (ongoing)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:54pm
Renee Pigeon, Teaching College Literature (TCL)

Have you taught a terrific literature class recently? Contributions are solicited for Teaching College Literature, a web resource focused on teaching English literature at the college/university level.
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Bilingual England: Englishing Linguistic Others (ICMS Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2015)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:25am
Elizabeth Watkins / Canadian Society of Medievalists

Bilingual England: Englishing Linguistic Others
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14-17, 2015

Sponsor: Canadian Society of Medievalists
Organizers: Elizabeth Watkins (University of Toronto) and Stephanie Morley (St. Mary's University)

The Medieval Slavic Mind: Essays in Honor of František Svejkovský (Deadline: 10/01/2014) [UPDATE]

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:59pm
The University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

The University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures honors the life and career of Professor František Svejkovský (1923-2011), professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, with a Gedenkshrift on Medieval and Early Modern Slavic and Central European literature and culture, their impact on other literatures and cultures, and percussive influence in literary history, especially the literature of modernity, broadly conceived.

CFP: Poetry and the Unfinished (abstracts due 9/30/2014)

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 3:50pm
2015 NeMLA-Toronto, 4/30/15-5/3/15

We are seeking papers that explore the hermeneutic challenges and opportunities of studying poetry that is unfinished, unauthorized, or in some other way insufficient and not considered worthy of critical attention. We hope to gain insight from works that deprive us as readers of some of the basic elements upon which we often rely when working with a published scholarly edition, thus reconsidering fundamentally how we read poetry, and indeed, literature in general. Topics might include works that are incomplete, have competing versions, or lack a definitive edition; works whose authorship or date is unknown; works that do not fit neatly into a national or linguistic tradition.

Ivory Towers and Grain Silos: Place, Privilege, and Power October 24-25, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:52am
English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta, Western Illinois University

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta chapter of Western Illinois University is currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals from graduate and undergraduate students for our eleventh annual conference in Macomb, IL on October 24– October 25, 2014.

Editing the Future of the Middle Ages: Some Speculative Emendations

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 4:34pm
The Medieval Colloquium at The University of Virginia

Emendation has become a dirty word in the study of medieval texts. Especially when modified by "speculative." Best Text editors following on the work of Joseph Bédier reject virtually all emendation as ahistorical and despite a century of advances in textual criticism, the extended controversies regarding George T. Kane and E. Talbot Donaldson's editions of Piers Plowman bear witness to the persistent unease brought on by "speculation." This panel invites papers that rethink the nature of emendation in the broadest terms. We hope that papers will use a historical crux--be it textual, bibliographic or hermeneutic--to think about wider issues relating to the future of the study of medieval culture.