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Black Affect and Minor Feelings DEADLINE MAY 18

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 4:11pm
Affect Theory Conference - Worldings, Tensions, Futures (Lancaster, PA)

Stream #2 – Black Affect and Minor Feelings, OCTOBER 14-17

"…we know for certain that the solution to the Black Man's problems will come only through Black National Consciousness. We also know that the focus of change will be racial. (If we feel differently, we have different ideas. Race is feeling…Art is one method of expressing these feelings and identifying the form as an emotional phenomenon."

– Amiri Baraka, "The Legacy of Malcolm X, and the Coming of the Black Nation"

Journal special issue (CLINA): Arabic literature in translation

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 7:15am
Tarek Shamma

Arabic literature, declared Edward Said in 1990, "remains relatively unknown and unread in the West, for reasons that are unique, even remarkable."

More than twenty years later, it is hard to say that the situation has remained the same: there has been a notable rise in the quantity of Arabic literary works available in several European languages. Yet, considering the increased interest in Arab and Muslim societies following various political events and the remarkable growth of Arabic literature (especially the novel) in recent years, it is rather surprising that translating and publishing Arabic literature in European languages is often seen as something of a gamble.

Creative Writing and Innovative Pedagogies Conference Call for Papers - deadline June 1st

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:46pm
Creative Writing and Innovative Pedagogies (CWIPs)

The exponential increase in Creative Writing degrees and programs at the undergraduate and graduate level has been well-documented, and much thought and scholarship has been devoted to the impact the Academy has on the writing community and subsequent creative output. However, there has been only a limited amount of public conversation about and research into the pedagogical approaches that have been or might be used in Creative Writing classrooms and programs. How are teachers of Creative Writing tweaking, extending, revolutionizing, or replacing the traditional Workshop model in their classrooms? What are or should be the academic and aesthetic goals of a Creative Writing class or program, and how can these goals be achieved?

Call for Submission of Book Proposals or Edited Collections

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:24am
Aporetic Press

Aporetic Press is inviting the submission of proposals for edited collections and scholarly monographs in the fields of literary criticism, philosophy, media and cultural studies, as well as fiction and poetry related to the Gothic, horror, weird, speculative, cyberpunk and science fiction. In the case of literary works a sample chapter or an indicative selection is preferred in lieu of a proposal. Full manuscripts should not be sent unsolicited.

Classics and Early American Literature and Culture (Nov. 6-8, 2015) Portland, OR

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:23pm
PAMLA 2015

Classics and Early American Literature and Culture

Presiding Officer:
Adam Goldwyn, North Dakota State University
Matthew Duques, North Dakota State University

Abstract: The literary and political culture of the early U.S. republic drew heavily from Greek and Roman models. This panel seeks to move beyond previous scholarship, which has focused on the influence of the Classics in North American political discourse, to a wider array of literary and non-literary texts and material cultures.

Requiem: Utopia Vs. Dystopia

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 8:35pm
Mariam Fawaz

Few of us are actually able to empathize with the hardships of war. War brings on hatred, anger, and murder. Tearing citizens away from their homes and family, some are even torn away from the country they know and love. Most of the time, the declaration of a war is to really deconstruct the current governmental system. During the beginning of the 20th century, Russia was facing a whole new system from the results of war. The capital city moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow and the Tsar ruling system was replaced with the communist system. Russia went from an empire to a socioeconomic society in less than a few years. People didn't speak against this drastic change in fear of execution.

Ernest Dowson's "The Garden of Shadow: Critique in Women's Youth and Beauty

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 8:19pm
Mariam Fawaz

The Victorian period viewed women through limited lenses, by scrutinizing women's value as only in youth and beauty, they are asking them to not grow old. The Victorians associated youth with beauty and innocence because it appeared attractive to men. This essay questions how women's youth was associated with beauty during the Victorian Time Period. By using the metaphor of a dying flower, Ernest Dowson's poem, "The Garden of Shadow" engages in associations between beauty and femininity with youth. This alignment of beauty with youth poses a significant problem for Victorian women who needed a husband in order to socially survive during this time period.

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