Cultural criticism and film history once approached melodrama as a failed and lowbrow form of tragedy characterized by excessive rhetoric, one-dimensional characterizations, and schematized moral polarizations. Subsequently, feminist studies re-framed debates about melodrama by studying it as a genre addressed to and about women. Moving from a focus on domestic and family dramas, scholarship of the last few decades now exhibits a newfound interest in melodrama as a mode representative of socio-cultural conditions, particularly in transcolonial and transnational contexts.
Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege
"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
The McGill English Department's Seventeenth Annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature will take place in Montreal from March 4 to 6, 2011. The conference will centre on issues of luxury, commodity, and consumption in literature, and other texts and cultural artefacts.
Potential areas for study include, but are not limited to the following:
-class and social standing
-wealth and poverty, images of excess and need
-human rights (sexual freedoms, disability rights, etc.) versus social privilege
-the racialization of wealth and status
The Battle of the Brows: Cultural Distinctions in the Space Between, 1914-1945
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
June 16-18, 2011
We are seeking a third presenter for a proposed panel at the American Literature Association in Boston (May 26-29, 2011). This panel aims to explore representations of poor whites and/or the intersections of whiteness and social class in twentieth-century works. One confirmed paper will examine intertextuality as a form of poor white class consciousness in Barbara Robinette Moss's _Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter_; the other will explore white femininity and class mobility in Zora Neale Hurston's _Seraph on the Suwanee_. Comparative approaches--across races, works, time periods--and papers examining individual works related to the panel theme are equally welcome.
2011 Northeast Modern Language Association
New Brunswick, NJ, Hosted by Rutger's University
Taking Natalie Clifford Barney's "Academy of Women" as an example of what Tirza Latimer characterizes as "women converging in Paris between the wars to establish the terms of on-going debates about representation, sexuality, and the politics of gender," this panel will explore works written by women in Barney's circle AND works written within the broader context of transnational women's writing in twentieth-century Paris. Please send 200-300 word abstracts to Chelsea Ray @ firstname.lastname@example.org. by 14 October.
Deadline: November 15, 2010
Book Reviews for Schuylkill graduate journal: Mind/Body
Relationships -- Special Issue
The Queer Studies Coalition at Stanford University announces
Undergraduate Queer Studies Conference
2010 EGSC FALL SYMPOSIUM: "Contemporary Interpretations: Expanding Boundaries with Inquiry"
CSU, Chico Performing Arts Center November 13, 2010
2011 Mardi Gras Conference
Special Topic Panel: "Traumadies: Where Trauma and Comedy Converge."
Schuylkill graduate journal is seeking submissions from all disciplines for our 9th volume of critical essays and book reviews to be published in Spring of 2011 (online and in print). We are seeking papers on the relationships between minds and bodies, 10-15 pages in length; double spaced; MLA format; no footnotes. Current graduate students should send their work to the Article Editors at email@example.com by November 15, 2010. No simultaneous submissions please.
In a famous chapter-long digression in Samuel Beckett's _Murphy_ (1938), the narrator pauses to justify the expression "Murphy's mind:"