In Material Ecocriticism, Serenella Iovino and Serpil Oppermann suggest that all matter is storied matter. This session seeks to open up new ways of reading allegorical figures with the insights and methodologies of new materialism. Dante and Aquinas' exegetical levels—literal to allegorical to tropological to anagogical—move increasingly up and away from the material ground on which the allegorical figure is built. This session asks panelists to focus their attention back on the literal: the base matter of the allegorical figure that is so often passed over for readings further up the exegetical chain.
In her recent study, The Forms of the Affects (2014), Eugenie Brinkema announces, "We may well be at the beginning of what will eventually be called the twenty-first century 'return to form' in the humanities" (39). Brinkema marks MLQ's special issue, "Reading for Form" (2000), which was later published as a collection of essays under the same name (2006), both edited by Susan J. Wolfson and Marshall Brown, as the beginning of this return to form. Meredith Martin's The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930 (2012) and Derek Attridge's Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry (2013), to name only two of the many recent publications that address form, seem to support Brinkema's claim.
Deadline for special session proposals/abstracts has been extended to Nov. 1st.
We invite 300-word abstracts/proposals treating of any aspect of medieval and renaissance culture or thought. Equally welcome are proposals/abstracts on music, art, history, architecture, literature, linguistics, religion, philosophy, theater, and dance.
The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, April 7-9, 2016.
Come and join this exciting gathering of scholars celebrating all things medieval and renaissance!
Dr. Darci Hill
Send all inquiries and proposals to:
The deadline for Special Sessions has been extended to November 1st for the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. Send all proposals for a special session to the conference director, Dr. Darci Hill at
We invite 250-word proposals on all aspects of medieval and renaissance culture and thought from all disciplines. Equally welcome are proposals/abstracts on music, art, architecture, literature, linguistics, history, religion, philosophy, theater, and dance.
Dr. Darci Hill
Abstracts are invited for creative writing related to the medieval period. Please submit your 250- to 300-word proposal for your short story, poem, or novel excerpt set during the Middle Ages or addressing topics unique to the medieval period, including contemporary works inspired in some way by medieval ideas. Attach to your abstract a 100-word excerpt of your proposed creative work.
Deadline for proposals: Nov. 1, 2015.
Send proposals and excerpts for this special session on creative writing to the Conference Director, Dr. Darci Hill, or to the Special Session Coordinator, Reina Shay Broussard. Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by December 15, 2015.
"The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and reimagines the world." — Malcolm Gladwell
"It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is." — Aldous Huxley
Philosophers, poets, and artists in every era have revisioned and reimagined the world in ways that have inspired historical transformations. Visionary texts – whether they reach proleptically into an imagined future, analeptically reconsider the past, or urgently re-envision the present – have offered us alternative possibilities of understanding who and where we are.
Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to
PLL is a generalist publication that is committed to publishing work on a variety of literatures, languages, and chronological periods. We accept proposals year-round. We are a quarterly and expect to publish a special issue once a year, every year. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors' schedule.
This seminar uses the concept of reflexivity to explore interdisciplinary questions about the relationship of a self to the world by investigating various points along the reflexive route. The reflexive act, following a path similar to a boomerang's, moves away from a subject only to return as it traces a recoiling -- a turning, deflecting, or bending back. We ask: what is revealed when different points along this trajectory are represented in language or image? We are interested in reflexivity not only as a completed loop but in its disruptions, fragmentations, blockages, and failed journeys. How does marking the reflexive act at a particular point in its path dictate a set of terms for the relationship of a self to the world?
"'Dear Homer, if you are not third from the truth about virtue, a craftsman of a phantom, just the one we defined as an imitator, but are also second and able to recognize what sorts of practices make human beings better or worse in private and in public, tell us which of the cities was better governed thanks to you?'" (Plato, Republic, X 599d)
The Braniff Graduate Student Association of the University of Dallas is pleased to announce the second annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts. This conference will explore the relationship between philosophy and poetry through the various lenses of philosophy, theology, literature, political philosophy, and the human sciences generally. Related topics include but are not limited to:
Organizer: Dominique Zino, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
This seminar seeks to bring into conversation a range of faculty – tenured and tenure-track professors, adjunct lecturers, and graduate students – teaching at two-year and four-year institutions.
We will aim to discuss the following pedagogical questions: What ways of reading, writing, and thinking should students be introduced to in their first two years of college, especially if they plan to study literature at a four-year college or university? What do we value most as teachers of literature? What concepts, skills, or texts do we find most fundamental to helping students to read literature deeply and to apply it to other realms of learning?