In 1927, exactly one hundred years after Goethe first used the term "Weltliteratur," Walter Benjamin returned to Berlin from Moscow. He had spent his time there reporting on developments in Russian literature and film, and he arrived to find that his German translation of Marcel Proust's Within a Budding Grove had been published to strong reviews. Such multi-lingual and multi-national literary undertakings are central to Benjamin's entire corpus. While not a major figure in most narratives of world literature, Benjamin's involvement and theoretical interest in questions of translation, media, and cultural history suggest ways of placing him in these important contexts. But how do we read Benjamin's own reading?
The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association is now accepting nominations for the 2010 John G. Cawelti Award in Popular and American Culture. John Cawelti is a pioneer in the study of Popular and American Culture. His numerous works established the basis for the study of the literature and film for the masses.
Call for Papers: "Environment and Life"
ASLE 2011 / 22-26 June 2010 / Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Organizers: Hsuan Hsu, University of California, Davis / Heather Houser, Williams College
The focus of Dialogue Under Occupation V is on ways of communicating in and about areas of the world confronting occupation. Engaging in 'dialogue' under occupation does not mean that the less powerful or powerless are accepting the occupation in any way, shape, or form, but that people are willing to confront their occupiers in an effort to be recognized as having equal human rights, including the ability to make autonomous decisions about how they should live and pursue their own definition of happiness. However, 'under occupation', these rights are undermined by the power differential between the occupier and the occupied.
This panel seeks papers exploring how literary and filmic representations of Ireland have been affected by both the Celtic Tiger and its precipitous end. How is the Irish identity negotiated within a transnational context? How have new models of representation influenced contemporary artists? How is the "new Ireland" represented? Send inquiries or abstracts (as MS Word attachments) by 10/10/10 to Daniel Shea, Mount Saint Mary College: Danie.Shea@msmc.edu.
The increase in modernist and avant-garde cultural manifestations in the early years of the twentieth century displaced realist and traditional literary works from, in Bourdieu's sense, 'legitimate' culture. The former came to represent 'highbrow', with a concomitant exclusion of all that highbrow was not. Even influential and critically acclaimed writers, such as H. G. Wells, were derided for maintaining their realist style as well as for catering to popular taste. Retrospectively, the conception of modernism has been expanded in order to be able to accommodate less obviously avant-garde works, but this expansion may not be continued indefinitely.
2nd Global Conference
The Gothic - Exploring Critical Issues
Monday 16th May – Wednesday 18th May 2011
Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to engage and explore the cultural significance and enduring narratives within the realm of the Gothic in culture at large. From its literary and historical roots to its (post)modern incarnations as a cultural subgenre present in popular fiction and film, this project seeks to explore the territories of the Gothic in all of its manifestations.
Suggested topics and themes include (but are not limited to):
Tolkien at the University of Vermont 2011, an annual academic conference devoted to the texts of J.R.R. Tolkien, will be held at the UVM campus in Burlington, Vermont from Friday, April 8th to Sunday, April 10th. The keynote address will be delivered by Matthew Dickerson of Middlebury College.
The conference organizers seek 20-minute papers on any topic related to Tolkien or his texts, but the following topic will be given priority consideration: nature and the environment in Middle-earth or related to Tolkien's life or works.
A martial arts term, Hando No Kuzushi denotes the unsettling of balance through reaction. This is what we are about. We are open to submissions of fiction (up to 5,000 words) and poetry. Our goal is to advance the narrative of the Asian American experience. Got a story about being the only Asian kid in town? Great. How about a story told through the perspective of an Ashida Kim villain? Even better.
For a better idea of what we're looking for, please visit us at hnkuzushi.blogspot.com. Submissions should be sent in the body of the email, and the word "Submission" should appear in the title.
Please contact us at Quinata.Delgado@gmail.com with any questions.
The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities for publication in its Spring 2011 Issue. We seek essays of high quality, intellectual rigor and originality that challenge or contribute substantially to ongoing conversations in the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, history, religion, philosophy, art, art history and foreign languages. VHR is also currently seeking poetry submissions; students may submit up to three poems. VHR is committed to undergraduate research and scholarship in the field; therefore, we only accept submissions by current or recently graduated undergraduate students. Our reading period runs from September 1 to December 15 of each year.