This panel seeks papers on American modernist poetry that address the current debate among new materialist/speculative realist scholars on the ontological status of the thing itself by considering modernism’s approach to a thing's multiplicity—specifically, its irreducibility to a single set of definitions or characteristics that ground it ontologically.
Non-Literary Influences on Olson's Poetics and Poetry
Organized by the Charles Olson Society
American Literature Association
28th Annual Conference
May 25-28, 2017
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Boston MA 02116-5798
The Charles Olson Society invites abstracts (of no more than 250 words) for presentations at the annual conference of the American Literature Association (http://americanliteratureassociation.org/).
Today we witness a resurgence of fascist rhetoric from parties offering various “alternatives” to the multicultural states that have come to characterize Europe and North America. Modernism, of course, is famously entangled with the rise of fascism, these xenophobic movements’ most notorious antecedent, and there is a new urgency to the questions that Griffin (2007), Ravetto (2007), Antliff (2007), and Ben Ghiat (2015) broached in their scholarly work.
BECKETT RESEARCH GROUP IN GDAŃSK
The main theme of the University of Gdańsk Samuel Beckett Seminar in 2017 is:
SHORT FORMS IN BECKETT. FRAGMENTS
Samuel Beckett’s prose and drama can pose many difficulties for a reader unfamiliar with their idiosyncrasies. Fragmentariness, or various fragmentary structures, narrative and dramatic alike, can be considered as one tenet of Beckett’s oeuvre, especially of his later works. However, what do we mean when we describe his works in this fashion? What is, for example, the fragmentary narrative of The Unnamable or The Lost Ones? Can we even speak of narrative in the first place, or do we, perhaps, need a redefinition of narrative?
Mary Jacobs Memorial Essay Prize
The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
invites essays on any aspect of the life and work of Sylvia Townsend Warner.
Aim: to encourage further study of the writings of Sylvia Townsend Warner, in honour of the distinguished work of Dr. Mary Jacobs.
The history of modernist collage is a varied one. Futurism, influenced by Cubist techniques, turned to collage as a method for subverting traditional, representational artwork; Dada’s absurd arrangements of advertising images and print offered a scathing critique of capitalism; Surrealism’s bizarre juxtapositions sought to empower and stimulate the subconscious.
Non-guaranteed session for MLA 2018. This panel seeks to explore the figure of the reclusive writer in American literature, and is open to papers on both fictional writers in literary works as well as real-world writers of literary works. All periods and critical approaches welcome. 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement by March 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 28th Annual American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2017.
Panel 1: On the Neglected Works of William Dean Howells
As Peter Gay explains in Modernism: The Lure of Heresy, “Fascists came into power legally . . . They freely resorted to naked physical assaults on politically inconvenient opponents; they labored to erase all traces of modern feminism and trade unionism; they put the making of a new, higher type of humanity on their program; they made increasingly exigent demands on ordinary citizens, invading their privacy whether it involved sports or music lessons, theatrical performances or art exhibitions” (Gay 433).
We are living through a decade of centenaries as we remember or reimagine the cataclysmic events of a century ago which helped to shape the modern world – the Great War, the Easter Rising, the Bolshevik Revolution. Each year provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature and problematics of commemoration. This conference provides a venue to explore the relationship between remembering and writing, and to consider connections between personal, collective and national memories. Participants will explore the theme of “remembering” in its widest sense, from personal memories in diaries and oral histories, to collective memory housed in public records or embodied in history, literature, folklore, and mythology. Graduate students welcome.