This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?
Theoretical Approaches to Andrew Marvell
Marvell Studies seeks articles using and/or arguing for fresh theoretical approaches to the study of Andrew Marvell. Possible approaches might include—but need not be limited to—eco-criticism, queer theory, disability studies, political theory, and the ways in which these approaches alter our understanding of politics, futurity, nature, and life in Marvell’s poetry and prose.
500-word abstracts are due by September 15, 2017. Manuscripts will be due April 15, 2018. Article length is flexible.
CFP: NEMLA 2018 Poetry, Assemblage, and Spaces of Appearance
April 12-15, 2018
Memory and Lineage in Medieval Romance
The 25th Leeds International Medieval Congress has a special thematic strand of ‘memory’. Medieval romance lends itself to thinking about memory, in many ways, and not least because of its preoccupation with lineage. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of memory and/or lineage in medieval romance.
The brief is deliberately broad, so please feel free to interpret according to your interest. Some thematic and theoretical approaches to consider may be:
•inheritance / heritage / legacy
•remembering and recognition
•family histories and family politics
The Poetics of Faith: Exploring Belief in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
12-14 January 2018, University of York
«Ticontre» deals with literary critics and textual analysis, history of literature, theory of literature, comparative literature, translation studies. Each article is submitted to a double-blind scholarly peer reviw. Since its foundation in 2014, «Ticontre» published seven issues with no delay, adding up to 102 articles. The PDF versions of the articles have been downloaded over 65.000 times in a little more than three years. Thirty per cent of them are written in a language other than Italian. Authors belong to more than 50 universities, half of which are abroad.
When Gower says in the Vox Clamantis that the writings of the past provide examples for the future ("Scripture veteris capiunt exempla futuri") or when he envisions a statue of time made of the clay feet of the present and the golden head of the past, or when he mixes multiple temporalities together, such visions indicate not only that history has the capacity to repeat itself, but that the past and the future are implicated in the present moment. Such constructions of temporality challenge linear models based upon uninterrupted chronologies, diachronic progression, and narratives of continuity based upon heterosexual marriage, biological reproduction, and patrilineage.
In rhetorical repetitions that adorn the Confessio Amantis's plain style, in the many references to animal noises in the Visio Anglie, in the bird song punctuating the lovers' speeches in the Cinkante Balades and more, the fourteenth-century poet John Gower shapes sounds and encourages an aural reception of his trilingual corpus. Just as Gower often argues for the preservation of knowledge and philosophies developed in the classical world, so it can be maintained that the phonics of his verse preserve a literary ecology: one in which repetitions reverberate with both Ciceronian and sermonic orations, animal noises recall Aesop's fables, and bird song evokes Virgil's sherpherds.
Papers are sought for a session at the 2017 conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) on relationships between poetry and archaeology. The conference will take place in Cardiff from Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 December, 2017. Sessions usually involve 4-8 papers, and that there is the possibility of making a whole-day session if there are enough strong proposals. (The conference allows people to present papers in up to two sessions: the others are listed at http://tag2017cardiff.org/sessions/ )
Parentheses Journal, a collaborative venture in the quest for sharing art, operates on the quintessence of art for the sake of art. Our journal seeks to welcome hybrid and experimental work from across genres. For Issue 2, we seek artwork (illustrations, photography, painting, et cetera), poetry and short fiction.
Give us your dailies, the mundane still life, tales spurned out of your clay, restless thoughts, unanswered plurals from across coasts and climes. Send up to 5 pieces in any genre. Simultaneous submissions welcome.