Since its emergence from the periodical press into the first mass-market novelistic craze, detective fiction has occupied a liminal position in the margins of aesthetic legitimacy—and critical study. Detection is a popular genre, a “literature of escape,” that nevertheless seems to make a claim to, and find purchase in, more rarefied aesthetic and intellectual precincts. Michael Holquist styles detection as a guilty pleasure of the reading classes: “The same people who spent their days with James Joyce were reading Agatha Christie at night.” This panel asks what that liminal position might show us about both the genre and the conditions—theoretical, professional, material—of its study.
PAMLA 2019 – Poetry and Poetics
Presiding Officer: Tom Jesse (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)
Proposal Deadline: June 10, 2019
For this year’s “Poetry and Poetics” session, we are open to paper topics that span a wide range of (sub)genres, time periods, and critical approaches. Given the PAMLA 2019 conference theme of “Send In the Clowns,” we are especially interested in papers that engage with poetic “clowning” of all sorts—including but not limited to:
Taking its impetus from the theme “Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures” this panel juxtaposes two types of space: the local and the global as they came together in the conception of the world city. The material embodiments of the function of cities as global nodes are the Expositions, Great Exhibitions, and World’s Fairs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, where a world spectacle could be viewed in imperial capitals (Paris and London) and in international capitals (Chicago, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, to name a few) .
Modernist Short Stories Writers
Sponsored by the Kay Boyle Society
The American Short Story: New Considerations
New Orleans, Sep. 5-7, 2019
Many modernist writers experimented with the short story genre early in their careers, while reading, publishing and critiquing each other’s work in small magazines.
The objective of this panel is to engage in comparative, reflective conversation, bringing out as yet unnoticed similarities and convergence in themes, writing practices, and subjectivities among these writers.
This panel invites papers on the work of one writer or in the context of other writers, on one or more of the following themes:
The Katherine Anne Porter Society session at the 31st annual American Literature Association Conference invites papers on any topic that makes use of Porter's correspondence digitized by the Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence Project at the University of Maryland Libraries (https://www.lib.umd.edu/kaporter-correspondence).
Please send a 200-word proposal and a brief biographical statement to Beth Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2019.
The conference will be held at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, May 21-24, 2020.
Panel: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism
Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference
March 5-8, 2020
Seeking papers on the politics of futurity in Afro-diasporic writing from before the mid-twentieth century for the following guaranteed session at NeMLA 2020:
Franz Kafka: A Century Later
deadline for submissions:
January 10, 2020
full name / name of organization:
Michael D. Sollars / Texas Southern University
Franz Kafka: A Century Later
World Literary Review: Call for Papers
Deadline for abstracts: August 30, 2019
Deadline for mss submissions: January 10, 2020
This session attempts to examine novels of the Great War in light of over one-hundred years of reading, reflection, and criticism.
We will use a broad notion of "novel": novels written during and in the wake of World War I; novels written long after the war ended; and novels written today.
Furthermore, we welcome novels written from non-European writers and from authors from countries who did not participate in the Great War. While the language of the conference is English, because this is primarily a comparative literature session, working directly in a language other than English is both permitted and welcomed.
The interiors of Art nouveau period : analyse, restore, make accessible
The Réseau Art Nouveau Network, a European network for the study, protection and enhancement of the Art Nouveau heritage, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Urban.brussels, founding member of RANN, is hosting an international symposium in Brussels, co- organised by RANN and urban.brussels in partnership with the Horta Museum and CIVA.
Abstracts and articles are sought for an edited collection to be entitled Decentering the Anthropocene: Spanish Ecocritical Texts and the Non-Human. Ecocriticism examines literary and cultural representations of the natural environment and diverse life forms, often in the context of broader political, economic, and social issues and often with an ethical commitment to sustainability and environmental justice. In this context, ecocritical work may interrogate how texts treat anthropocentrism, or the centralization of humans’ perspectives, needs, and experiences over those of other beings.