In their introduction to surface reading, Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best find in nineteenth-century American literature an analog to describe their method: "As Poe's story 'The Purloined Letter' continues to teach us," they write, "what lies in plain sight is worthy of attention but often eludes observation." Of perhaps of more immediate relevance to the members of C19, for Russ Castronovo, in his recent J19 essay "Occupy Bartleby," Occupy Wall Street's appropriation of "Bartleby, the Scrivener" invites a series of meditations on the transtemporal unsettlings of Melville's powerful story, the differences between professional criticism and public reading practices, and whether or not the public's commitment to reading Melville analogically unsettles critiq
3rd Global Meeting of the Letters and Letter Writing Project
Call for Participation 2016
Thursday 21st January – Saturday 23rd January 2016
London, United Kingdom
This is not a love letter
"I read over your letters again and again, and am continually taking them up as if I had just received them; but alas! They only serve to make me more strongly regret your absence: for how amiable must her conversation be, whose letters have so many charms?" Pliny the Younger, Epistulae, 6.7 [Translation William Melmoth 1915]
Is this a love letter? Or is it something else entirely?
White Buildings at 90: Revisiting the Art of the (Post)Modern Poetry Collection (Panel)
This December, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal will turn eight years old. To mark the occasion, we are running a poetry contest that unashamedly focuses on the city which the journal calls home—Hong Kong. Send us poems that describe, praise, critique, interrogate, eulogise or curse Hong Kong and its history, grievances, politics, people, places, faces, traces.
Rules: Each poet can submit up to two poems (no more than 80 lines long each). Poems must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.
Closing date: 31 July 2015
Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture affiliated with the University of Sydney, seeks submissions from postgraduate students and early-career academics (within five years of graduation) that explore the theme "Terror Australis."
Panic, apprehension, alarm, fear, dread: these and other relatives of terror have long infected Australian texts. Resisting demarcation, terror can be a protean sense, a chimerical substance, an uncontainable ill feeling, an institutionalised technic, or a form of disciplinary power.
The rise of the modern museum was (and remains) a global event that resonates across literary cultures. Germain Bazin termed the nineteenth century the "Museum Age" for the myriad ways the new phenomenon of the public museum redefined the social status of art. This session investigates how this development was received by nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglophone authors writing during and immediately following the rise of the modern museum.
Call for articles
Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Spring 2016
Post-conflict territories: representations and reconfigurations
Session: Classical Influences in Dante
51st. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo
Organizer and Chair, Filippa Modesto, Ph.D, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Send abstracts to: email@example.com
The International Pearl-Poet Society is sponsoring the following two paper sessions at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12-15, 2016) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI:
I: Speech, Sermons, and Silence in the Pearl-Poems
II: Places and Spaces in the Pearl-Poems