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PAMLA 2015: "Narrative and Time: Visuality in Modern and Contemporary American Literature"

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:48am
PAMLA 2015 - November 6-8, 2015 - Portland, Oregon

The intersection of the literary and the visual is fraught with questions pertaining to time. As Walter Benjamin and Mikhail Bahktin argue, technological advances that fragment or preserve time, like photography and cinema, have altered our modes of interaction with lived experience. Similarly, Nicholas Mirzeoff argues that visuality is contingent on the prevalence or rupture of temporal and spatial configurations. Mirzeoff, like Paul Gilroy, specifically emphasizes the concept of the chronotope, a conflation of time and space, as a means of communicating and deciphering lived experience in narrative structures. This panel welcomes papers on the concept of time vis-à-vis visuality in Modern and Contemporary American literature.

MLA 2016: Black Women's Poetry and the Color Line (due 3/15)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:32pm
MLA / Heidi Morse

Special Session CFP: Reevaluating relationships between racial politics, aesthetics, and (non)canonicity in African American women's poetry from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. Topics might include, but are not limited to: thematic or aesthetic divisions within a poet's oeuvre and/or in contemporary scholarship, negotiations of audience and/or publishing venues, poetry of social protest, etc.

Please send a 250-word abstract and short bio to Heidi Morse (hemorse@umich.edu) by March 15, 2015 (extended deadline). The 2016 MLA will take place in Austin, TX from January 7-10.

MSA 17: The Modernism of Politics

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:31pm
Matthew Hannah / University of Oregon

MSA 17: The Modernism of Politics

The modernist period, as the theme of this year's conference suggests, was a period marked by revolutions of various stripes: aesthetic, social, cultural, and political. Among these, political revolutions often occupied center stage, both in terms of public awareness but also in terms of modernist praxis. Many modernists participated in radical political actions even as they experimented or facilitated experimentation with radical aesthetics.

Videogame Cultures The Videogame Cultures Project

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 2:47pm
Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Videogame Cultures
The Videogame Cultures Project

Friday 11th September – Sunday 13th September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

The Objects of Performance (MLA 2016)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 2:14pm
Ashley Bender / Modern Language Association

This special session will explore the role of objects in drama and other public spectacles of the long eighteenth century. Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words by 20 March 2015.

Lamar Journal of the Humanities article submissions

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:59pm
Lamar Journal of the Humanities

The Lamar Journal of the Humanities is an interdisciplinary journal published twice yearly by the College of Arts and Sciences of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Papers of interdisciplinary or general interest in the fields of literature, history, contemporary culture, and the fine arts are appropriate for submission. Languages accepted are English, German, French, and Spanish.

[UPDATE] The Counterpublics of Underground Comix: MLA 2016 Special Session

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:57pm
MLA/Margaret Galvan and Leah Misemer



When underground comix emerged in America in the 1970s, they were connected with the counter culture movement and rife with anti-establishment content. These comics participated in and addressed counterpublics, which queer theorist Michael Warner defines as "formed by their conflict with the norms and contexts of their cultural environment." Yet much of the scholarship of the underground comix movement has centered on straight white men located in San Francisco (e.g. R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson).

Canadian Literature Panel at Midwest MLA Conference 2015

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:17am
Midwest MLA

"Every human society possesses a mythology/which is inherited, transmitted and diversified by literature."

Northrop Frye, Words with Power: Being a Second Study of the Bible and Literature (1990)

A champion of Canadian literature, literary critic Northrop Frye argued that, although provincial in nature, Canadian literature provided a deeper understanding into the Canadian imagination and the view of the Canadian environment. Calling this idea the "garrison mentality," Frye argued that all of Canadian literature falls within one central archetype – the belief that due to the "hostile nature" of the Canadian landscape, the literature exhibited a theme of isolation and moral discomfort.

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