In his 2001 book, The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins, Graham Huggan contends that writers from formerly colonized societies negotiate their marginality and the “realpolitik of metropolitan economic dominance” by providing “exotic registers” and making them “palatable” for “predominantly metropolitan audiences” (viii). This non-guaranteed MLA session organized by The Africa Since 1990 forum invites submissions examining literary texts from the Global South that circulate well beyond their immediate contexts of production. To what extent is this circulation due to the exoticism that Huggan elaborates in his book? What other factors may be at work in the appreciation and appropriation of these works in new environments?
In his introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, Tom Shippey argues that “The Lord of the Rings has established itself as a lasting classic, without the help and against the active hostility of the professionals of taste; and has furthermore largely created the expectations and established the conventions of a new and flourishing genre.” The impact Tolkien has made on not only high fantasy, but also on the importance of language and mythology studies is undeniable. The influences of World War I, modern industrialization, and more are evident in his works as socio-political commentary, despite his personal dislike of allegory. Tolkien studies reflects a thriving culture in and outside the university.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Modern Language Association Convention
January 3-6, 2019, Chicago
Faulkner and World War I
Modern art and literature have long been considered challenging or “difficult,“ either formally or topically. Recent investigactions into the labor of the work of art and the industries of modern culture have also tended to emphasize the serious work undertaken by the modern artist in the pursuit of their career. This panel welcomes proposals for papers that will take a different tack, engaging with scholarship that probes modernist culture‘s mechanisms for non-productive labor and leisure. We hope to generate thinking that explores the modernist party, the relationship between modernist art and tourism, hobbies, games, and sports, bar and cafe culture, and unprofessionalism more generally.
MLA 2019 panel sponsored by the International James Joyce Foundation
The International James Joyce Foundation invites paper proposals for its 2019 MLA session in Chicago. The session topic is Joyce and women’s legal and civil rights. Papers might discuss marriage, divorce, inheritance, suffrage, or any other aspect of women's rights in Joyce's work. In light of contemporary feminist movements, proposals might consider Joyce's place in our current debates or Joyce's influence in similar debates of his time. Papers that discuss historical and legal aspects of Joyce's work in reference to women's rights are particularly welcome.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 11 OF
Katherine Mansfield Studies
THE PEER-REVIEWED YEARBOOK OF THE KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY
AND ELIZABETH VON ARNIM
Guest Editor Isobel Maddison
Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
Katherine Mansfield to Elizabeth von Arnim 1922:
‘I would like to write one story really good enough to offer you one day’;
‘please let all the pride be mine that you are my cousin’.
The Secret Life of Crowds: Gender, Sexuality, and the Masses
Princeton University Department of Comparative Literature
April 5-7, 2018
Keynote speaker: Professor Klaus Theweleit
Modernist Studies Association Conference, Columbus, OH, Nov. 8-11, 2018
CFP: Suicidal Modernisms
In Andrew Bennett’s recently published Suicide Century (2017), the author writes that suicide “streams like a poison through the tainted life blood of the modernist literary canon.” And yet work on modernism and suicide is scarce; in fact, work on “literary suicidology” more generally has not matched the subject’s importance to our field. This panel would like to build on the work of Bennett and a few others (Al Alvarez, Jeffrey Berman) and examine the representation and non-representation of suicide in modernist texts.
Virginia Woolf and the Writing of History
8-10 November 2018
University of Rouen
With the collaboration of the University of Picardie - Jules Verne
And the Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes