The Carson McCullers Society seeks abstracts on the theme of "Byways in Carson McCullers Scholarship" for the biennial Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference in Austin, TX this February 15-18, 2018. The theme is deliberately broad but especially invites papers on McCullers' literary and biographical engagements with the U.S. military, non-southern characters in her oeuvre, and how her travels and readings abroad, including in Rome and New York, influenced her work. If interested, please send a 250-word abstract and short bio to Society Vice President Isadora J. Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday, September 7th. Other paper topics related to McCullers will also be considered.
CFP for the 2018 ACLA Panel: Tattoos as/in Literature: Beyond the Semiotic and the Bodily. After the “linguistic turn,” and at the intersection of (post)structuralism, deconstruction, and the evolving series of critical discourses on materiality, bodies, the non-human, theory and literary criticism have discovered a need to read beyond words and purely linguistic signification in general. Images and bodies appear no longer as limits of discourse, or as what needs to be translated into words, but as surfaces of signification in themselves. Derrida’s own spatial and visual experimentation in his writing pointed towards the need to consider the inseparable links between words, images, and bodies, not only in literature, but also in theory and philosophy.
HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies) seeks essay submissions for a thematic section of a 2019 issue on “The 20th and 21st Century Irish Literatures between Realism and Experimentation.” HJEAS is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, publishing critical articles and book reviews in the fields of American, British, Canadian, and Irish literature, history, and culture, and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. (www.hjeas.unideb.hu)
Following Ellen Eve Frank's Literary Architecture (1979), this panel seeks historically-situated papers that investigate the narrative capabilities of architecture, particularly lived-in architecture. Taking Frank's principle question of how architecture can embody consciousness within literature, this panel expands the scope of her analysis. Although the “spatial turn” in literary studies has produced a great response, its focus regarding architecture specifically as a constructed form that interprets a given space is somewhat lacking. This panel invites projects that work to close that gap and produce a discussion that maps out connections between constructed spaces and the self.
This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?
Special issue on “Revisiting and/or Reinventing Modernism”
To be guest-edited by
Maria-Ana Tupan , Alba Iulia University, Romania
The upcoming issue of the Spring Magazine welcomes papers on modernism that try to clear the fog accumulated by radical revisions of this chapter in the history of literature published in the 1990s and in the early twenty-first century.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS / ABSTRACTS
43rd Annual Conference of the
NEW YORK AFRICAN(A) STUDIES ASSOCIATION
Seton Hall University, NJ
April 13 – 14, 2018
THEME: GLOBAL AFRICA: HUMAN MIGRATION, THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, AND THE FUTURE
“THE CITY: IMAGES AND IMAGINARIES”
INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES, COMMUNICATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
12-15 March 2018
Third Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference (June 20-22, 2018. Lisbon, Portugal)
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018
Graduate students wishing to be considered for supplemental travel funding must submit a full paper by February 28, 2018
The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its third biennial conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal.