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“In defense of close reading or, reading the minuscule”

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 2:29am
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 22, 2018

AFEA 2018 Symposium « Magnifying America : the poetics and politics of details » 

22-25 May 2018

Nice-Sophia Antipolis University


PANEL “In defense of close reading or, reading the minuscule”

American Literature Association Conference, May 24-27, 2018 (San Francisco): “Stevens’ Americana”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:05am
Wallace Stevens Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 1, 2017

Robert Frost intended to insult Stevens’ poetry when he called it mere “bric-a-brac,” verses loaded with pretty ornaments of ultimately little concrete value beyond themselves. In the context of American studies, however, “bric-a-brac” (or “Americana,” in our national tradition) often appreciates in critical value over time. This panel proposes to look at items, objects, or elements of Americana in Stevens’ poetry, essays, letters, and/or life. It welcomes presentations that consider the way Stevens uses or abuses American artifacts or lore in his work, as well as those that establish links between Stevens and other writings, cultural products, or ephemera idealized as unique to (or representative of) the American experience.

The Poetics of the Detail in American Music and Dance

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:16am
French Association for American Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 15, 2018

The Poetics of the Detail in American Music and Dance

Université de Nice, France, May 22-25, 2018


Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau (Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand)

Mathieu Duplay (Université Paris Diderot — Paris 7)


Mississippi Philological Association Meeting and Conference

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:01am
Mississippi Philological Association
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mississippi Philological Association Meeting and Conference

March 2-3, 2018

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi


Call for Papers


The Mississippi Philological Association (MPA) invites submissions of critical or pedagogical papers and creative works for the annual association meeting and conference to be held March 2-3, 2018, at the Mississppi eCenter campus at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. The conference is hosted by the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Speech Communication, the Department of History and Philosophy, and the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University.

Owen and/ in France

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:19pm
Université of Valenciennes (France)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 8, 2018

Owen and / in France

Université de Valenciennes

5-6 November 2018



Organizers :

Brigitte Friant-Kessler (Université de Valenciennes - CALHISTE)

Elise Brault-Dreux (Université de Valenciennes - CALHISTE)

Sarah Montin (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle - PRISMES)


Keynote : Xavier Hanotte



(This is the thing they know and never speak,

That England one by one had fled to France,

Not many elsewhere now, save under France)

Rendering Rituals: On Memory and Memorializing—Feb. 7-9th

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:13pm
English Graduate Student Association at Louisiana State University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mardi Gras as an event, a reiteration of experience across time, and a kind of ritual renders the new and the old as occurring simultaneously: our past always directly affects our present. This temporal boundary crossing reiterates and simultaneously invokes the past in every instance. In Gender Trouble, Judith Butler describes ritual as related to the repetition of gender performance across time, which denaturalizes the concept and instantiates gender as socially constructed. What if we apply Butler’s logic of the ritual to other concepts of human experience, such as race, religion, sexuality, and disability? Orienting ourselves within this Butlerian logic, we as scholars might think about how to interpret these ritual practices in memory.

Sinister Wisdom’s DUMP TRUMP! ISSUE

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:08pm
Siniste Wisdom
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sinister Wisdom’s DUMP TRUMP! ISSUE 

David Foster Wallace Conference of Contemporary Literature and Culture

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:08pm
Ryan Edel - DFW Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, December 11, 2017

The Fifth Annual David Foster Wallace Conference

on Contemporary Literature and Culture, June 7-9, 2018


The Fifth Annual David Foster Wallace Conference on Contemporary Literature and Culture will be held at Illinois State University, June 7-9, 2018. The conference invites both critical scholarship and creative writing.  Papers and panels should focus on literary works published since the 1950s and/or in the works of David Foster Wallace. Creative writing proposals in all genres are welcome.

Proposals are due by December 11, 2017.


Critical Papers  and Panels

'Poetry in the Making': 8th International Ted Hughes Conference

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 3:28pm
Cardiff University, UK
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

This is an open call for papers for the 8th International Ted Hughes Conference. This conference seeks to explore new ways of reading Hughes’s work as well as delving deeper into rich established veins of scholarly research. The conference welcomes abstracts on any Hughes topic. Please send an abstract of 300 words with a short bio to Carrie Smith at by March 31st 2018.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

The literary afterlives of Hughes

Birthday Letters 20 years on

Dialogues with Hughes: literary friendships

Hughes and folklore

Hughes and medievalism

Hughes’s bestiary

Hughes’s prose