In a time when even Bridget Jones finds herself in her early fifties, it may at first glance seem unwarranted to speak of the invisibility of ageing women in literary and cultural contexts. In fact, in a review of Mad about the Boy in The Times, Sarah Lyall writes that, "Bridget's amorous adventures … make the prospect of middle age not so bad at all". Constructions like this open up questions about representations of women and ageing. What types of images of the "ageing woman" are created in cultural texts? Do women in later life, in order to become visible, need to find ways to "pass" as younger so that "age shall not wither them" as Kira Cochraine puts it in an article in The Guardian?
The City That Never Sleeps and the City of Angels. Gotham and the Dream Factory. albeit is going bicoastal, and invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the place of New York City and Los Angeles in American culture. Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
The H.D. International Society will again be sponsoring a panel at the American Literature Association conference, May 21-24, 2015, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. The call for paper proposals is open ended, although projects working with some aspect of biography would be particularly welcome given the recent publications of H.D. editions and their scholarly framings in addition to recent, renewed interest in critical biography. Please send a brief paper proposal (250 words) along with a biography/CV to Rebecca Walsh, email@example.com, no later than January 26, 2015.
The Elizabeth Bishop Society seeks proposals for "New Perspectives on Elizabeth Bishop," a panel at the annual American Literature Conference in Boston on May 21-24, 2015. The publication of the Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop (in February of 2014) has granted new ground for synthetic appraisals of Bishop's aesthetic and her influence in contemporary poetry.
Call for Papers and Posters:
"'Bad Books': Mass Genres, Material Cultures, and Aesthetic Valuation"
British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
May 1-2, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English at Pomona College
Book Project: Title: Rewriting Her Story: Critical Essays on the Female Subject in the Colonial and Postcolonial World
Call for Papers
The fragmented or hybrid nature of the postcolonial female subject demands its construction through subversion of both the colonial and the patriarchal discourse. These deconstructive moves within the texts are used to dismantle master narratives inspired by Eurocentric discourse and, at the same time, to call in question the logo centric categories upon which colonial discourses are based.
Hostile Intelligences and The General Antagonism
CALL FOR PAPERS
"Collective intelligence has to organise itself into a hostile intelligence — also in the sense of inoculating the host as a malignant parasite. An alien intelligence is not concerned with any orthodoxy, it proliferates and organises its own heresies".
SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF SOUTHERN LITERATURE
2015 American Literature Association Conference
Boston, MA May 21-24, 2015
Deadline: January 20, 2015
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE ANNOUNCES A ONE WEEK SUMMER INSTITUTE
THE FUTURES OF AMERICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE: QUESTIONS WORTH ASKING
MONDAY, JUNE 22 — SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015
Director: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
Co-Directors: Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown University), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University), J. Martin Favor (Dartmouth College), Winfried Fluck (Freie Universität, Berlin), Donatella Izzo (Università degli studi di Napoli "L'Orientale,"), Eric W. Lott (City University of New York, Graduate Center)
Twelfth Annual Université de Montréal English Graduate Conference
March 12 & 13, 2015
Imagining the Ideal Body: A Graduate Conference on the Politics and Poetics of Perfection.
The nineteenth century witnessed a surge of enthusiasm for visiting places associated with authors and their works, and a related interest in the preservation and consecration of authors' houses. In 1847 one of the world's most famous sites of literary tourism, the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, was purchased and established by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, while the first blue plaque was introduced in 1867 to mark the birthplace of Lord Byron. What did visitors to literary graves, houses and landscapes seek to experience and how was this mediated by the spaces themselves?
CALL FOR PAPERS (CFP)
Childhood and Visual Texts in/of Asia
An international conference sponsored by
Taiwan Children's Literature Research Association
Department of Children English Education, National Taipei University of Education
Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award Executive Committee
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Venue: National Taipei University of Education
About the Journal:
The Journal of Narrative Visions (JNV) is a newly established online journal that accepts narrative medicine and creative pieces related to ophthalmology, optometry, and vision care. We are now open for submissions including non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork.
The mission of JNV is to provide an online space where healthcare workers, caregivers, and patients may reflect on their personal experiences caring for those with ophthalmological issues or personally living with vision problems.
We welcome submissions from patients, caregivers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other healthcare workers including medical students and residents from all over the world.
Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Masks, costumes and reverie encourage participants to shed certain prefigured aspects of identity in order to become something new. Much of the excitement these traditions allow is rooted in the idea that one can undergo a personal, transformative experience by relinquishing a prefigured sense of self.
For the American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA
The John Dos Passos Society seeks participants for a round table discussion on teaching Dos Passos in the college classroom. Papers should be between 5 and 7 minutes in length and may address your experiences teaching this author, discussions of the contexts in which his work teaches well, tactics you have taken with undergraduate and/or graduate students, materials you have found helpful in your instruction, etc.
Please send an abstract and a brief CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our President, Victoria Bryan, by January 25, 2015.