This being the 200th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx, a retrospective of his possible influence on American literature may be significant. For 200 years, theories espoused by Karl Marx have been threaded within the literature of America. Notable writers such as Edward Bellamy, Jack London, and Upton Sinclair each had a different perspective related to Marxian theory and practice. The transatlantic influence of Marx is evident in the utopian fiction of Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward and especially Bellamy’s Equality.
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The Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, held in Louisville, KY, USA, has sent out its CFP, which includes the opportunity for panels from author societies. The basic details for the conference are below. The dates are 21-23 February 2019.
I'm planning to chair a panel on Katherine Mansfield, sponsored by the Katherine Mansfield Society.
If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, I’ll need (a) abstracts and titles for the papers to be presented; (b) the following information for each presenter: name (as it will appear in the program), address, e-mail address, academic affiliation (if applicable). I will want this information by 21 August 2018. I have to submit the full panel by 10 September.
We have found the recent debates that pit formalism against historicism to be rather dissatisfying. This seminar holds that the way out of this false dichotomy is through Marxism. We seek to understand how Marxism and related political positions offer a fruitful engagement with literary and aesthetic form precisely because of their political perspectives. Moreover, from the standpoint of Marxism, we are interested in how social and historical issues are formal issues in aesthetics.
In his Lettre sur les aveugles, Diderot shares the discovery that the cane of the blind is not a crutch, but a privileged organ of sensory perception, structuring the encounter with external reality and shaping its internal representation. Bernard Pivot may have had the same powers in mind when he compared the cigarette of Françoise Sagan to this cane: the writer can't see, and therefore can't write, without it. How has the mythical literary status of the cigarette fared in the decades since the first tobacco-control laws? How is smoking represented in an era of growing panic about addictions, as well as persistent unease about the role of government in promoting and enforcing good health?
NeMLA Annual Convention - Washington, D.C., March 21-24, 2019
Who does the city represent? What does a city represent? What does it mean to represent and how does this come together in representations of cities at the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, a moment associated with the height of modernity, or at least the height of excitement about the project of modernization? The relationship between cities and modernity is often taken for granted. For example, many scholars associate cities with civilization, particularly as sites for the advancement of civilization. Yet, wholesale urban planning performed from the top down is often enacted in decidedly uncivil ways, calling into question which populations are represented in and by the city, or who is the proper citizen?
UNSW, Sydney Australia, March 15 2019
Convenors Brigitta Olubas and Elizabeth McMahon
Keynote Speaker: Sneja Gunew
* Deadline extended until 30th October *
50th NeMLA Anniversary Convention Washington, DC | March 21-24, 2019