UPDATE: the due date for proposals has been updated from 5/7 to 5/21!
What exactly is the content of a literary text, and how does it affect the experience of reading? How should critics approach a text's overt elements and ideas? A lengthy and currently influential tradition of thought has emphasized literary form in a variety of creative ways, but very little has been done to explain how critics should think about content. This panel will bring together six scholars, who will each briefly (in 8 to 10 minutes) offer a definition of literary content and an example from a particular text. Please submit an abstract for such a paper, along with a one-page CV, to pfessenbecker at gmail.com by March 15.
Note: this is a non-guaranteed special session, and requires MLA approval.
Special claims have always been made about poetry. For Plato, poetry carried a special danger: its imaginative and rhetorical projections had the potential to corrupt the citizens of the Republic by leading them away from what is good and true. For other thinkers, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, poetry has a special moral force that must be recognized as necessary to society, even when the political efficacy of individual poems is not obvious or immediate. Theodor W. Adorno argued that the uniquely “virginal” expression of an individual lyric poem implies a protest against a social situation we cannot but feel as oppressive.
Critical Essays on Arthur Machen
edited by Antonio Sanna
The Graphic City — Urban Studies After The Visual Turn
…From the rear platform of a fast ‘El’ train,
I watched the city’s undulating lights
And felt about my heart the antique pain
That man has always felt for beauty’s signs.
And often I was wildly moved to test
Myself against the city’s gleaming lines,
To feel their edges touch my bare brown breast!
—from “Song of New York” by Claude McKay (1926)
This special issue (spring 2019) will be devoted to genetic translation studies (involving both translators’ drafts and author-translator correspondence) with English as a source- or target-language.
Transnational poetics; Aestheticism and Decadence at the fin de siècle
A One-Day Symposium at New York University
Monday May 14th 2018
Keynote Speaker: Prof Regenia Gagnier (Exeter):
‘Transnational Poiesis and the Making of Community’
Organizers: Prof Marion Thain (NYU), Dr Kate Hext (Exeter), Dr Jane Desmarais (London)
Call for participants
The Eudora Welty Society panel at SCMLA 2018 invites papers on any aspect of Welty’s work, life, or critical reception, especially approaches that address the conference theme of “CROSSROADS OF CULTURES.” Send 250-word abstracts and a short bio to Sarah Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2018.
The 75th annual South Central Modern Language Association conference will be held in San Antonio, TX, October 11-14, 2018. Conference information is available at http://www.southcentralmla.org/
Edited Volume: The Modern Short Story and the Magazines: 1880-1950 – eds Elke D’hoker and Chris Mourant
This essay collection aims to bring together and represent the growing body of research into the close ties between the modern short story and magazine culture in the period 1880-1950 in Britain and Ireland.