Marlene Broemer, Clackamas Community College
The Midwest Modern Language Association Conference will take place in Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014. In fitting with the location, this year's theme is "The Lives of Cities," which is meant to gesture broadly towards the experiences of urban inhabitants in all aspects and phases of urban development—from the very beginnings of urbanization throughout the globe to the resuscitation of contemporary urban landscapes decimated by industrial flight.
"I'm sick of Flannery O'Connor." With this opening line, Randy Boyagoda intrigued numerous readers in his response to Paul Elie's 2012 New York Times article entitled, "Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?"
Boyagoda will be the keynote speaker, and this conference aims to continue the discussion which Elie, Boyagoda, Gioia, and Wolfe have perpetuated. Papers will be considered from a variety of disciplines and fields but should pursue questions regarding the intersection of faith and literature.
This session seeks papers on the dramatic literature of medieval and renaissance Spain. We are particularly interested in papers that deal with the development of drama in the period, and with the transition from the medieval to the early modern as represented in Spanish drama and literature. We will also consider representations of Spain in the French and English drama. Possible topics include medieval religious drama; the development of Spanish Renaissance drama, including but not limited to, the plays of Lope de Vega and Calderón; and representations of Spain on the French and English stage, such as in the dramatic works of Pierre Corneille and Thomas Kyd.
Send abstracts (300-350 words) by June 17 to
[DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please note the new deadline of May 23, 2014, and the newly announced keynote speakers.]
Decadence: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
Dalhousie University (Halifax, N.S., Canada)
August 15-17, 2014
We require articles on political and cultural subjects for issue 3 of The New Union. For more information and to see our current issue, visit www.new-union.co.uk. Please be sure to read our 'About' page.
We are particularly interested in publishing articles that look at how art, literature, music, etc are used as a means of satire or social commentary in the twenty-first century.
Articles should be between 4,000-6,000 words long, do not need to be written in an academic style, and should include no footnotes. Please send completed articles to email@example.com by 31 July 2014.
Extended Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014
Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons
-Video games and the experience of vicarious heroism
-Connections between violence and heroism
-The gendering of heroism
-Heroines in young adult fiction
-Anti-heroes in film and television
-Heroes and religion/mythology
-Real world heroes in the news and biographies
'Renaissance literary works are no longer regarded either as a fixed set of texts…that contain their own determinate meanings or as a stable set of reflections of historical facts that lie beyond them…rather they are made up and constantly redrawn by artists, audiences, and readers. These collective social constructions on the one hand define the range of aesthetic possibilities within a given representational mode and, on the other, link that mode to the complex network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute the culture as a whole.'
Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Forms in the English Renaissance (1982)
Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)
28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London
'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld
In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.
Seeking papers for the Travel Writing permanent section panel for the 2014 MMLA conference in Detroit. The overall conference theme is "The Lives of Cities." This panel will focus on travel writing and the urban experience.
We are seeking proposals for papers focusing on works of English literature prior to 1700 for a panel at the 2014 PAMLA Conference, October 31-November 2, 2014 in Riverside, California.
As a standing session, "English (to 1700)" entertains papers on a wide variety of topics. All proposals are welcome, and submissions that speak to the conference's larger theme "Familiar Spirits" are adiitionally encouraged (for example, hauntings, mythologies, magic, spiritualism, etc.).
Please submit proposals before May 15th, 2014, using the on-line submission system at "http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals".
This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of Early Modern/Renaissance Literature as examined through an ecocritical or natural lens. Paper proposals addressing the conference theme of Sustainability are especially welcome. By June 1, 2014, please submit a 200-250 word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Mary Grace Elliott, University of New Hampshire, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Program Committee of the Midwest Modern Language Association particularly welcomes CFPs for Special Sessions that address the 2014 conference theme, "The Lives of Cities." Special Sessions may focus on any literary period/category or may encourage papers that cover multiple periods. Please note: the Committee seeks CFPs for panel topics and *does not require* complete panels with identified papers/panelists at this time (though complete panels are also welcome).
The quint's twenty second issue is issuing a call for theoretically informed and historically grounded submissions of scholarly interest—as well as creative writing, original art, interviews, and reviews of books. The deadline for this call is 15th May 2014—but please note that we accept manu/digi-scripts at any time.
All contributions accompanied by a short biography will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board. Manuscripts must not be previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the quint's editors or outside readers.
From the appearance of Dante's "De Vulgari eloquentia" in the early fourteenth century to the publication of the first monolingual dictionaries in the late seventeenth century, vernacular languages across Europe gain status and prestige. As these languages take over functions previously reserved to Latin (i.e., law, literature, religion, education ), the linguistic hierarchies of the Middle Ages become undone. Standard versions gradually emerge out of various medieval dialects, solidifying the establishment of new linguistic hierarchies. This book will take the position that no king or royal policy was effective in the emergence of these standards and language shift toward their more wide-spread usage.