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SAMLA 87, 13-15 Nov. 2015--Shared Politics: Political Adaptations, Appropriations, and Influences

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:16am
Phillip Zapkin

This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.

Literature Language and Translation Congress liLETRAd 2015

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:09am
Carmen Castro

The University of Seville (Spain) will host a Conference on Literature, Language, and Translation "liLETRAd" on 7 and 8 July 2015. Bringing together the three most important facets of language transmission and teaching in a multidisciplinary event, experts from a variety of countries and continents will meet to discuss the scientifically-relevant topics that are of interest to students, teachers and other professionals. In this spirit, the Conference covers a wide range of emblematic points of discussion. For registration information, please see the links below. Papers may be presented in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

50th Comparative Literature Conference: Tradition and Inovation: Comparative Literature in the 21st Century 4/15-17 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:47pm
Department of Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach

Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.

SCMLA Comparative Literature Session 10/31-11/03

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:30pm
Amy Smith, Lamar University

Abstracts are being accepted for the regular Comparative Literature session at the South Central MLA meeting in Nashville, TN, October 31-November 3, 2015. The conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language" but papers on any topic are encouraged. Successful papers may be considered for publication in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. Please submit abstracts to the session chair, Amy Smith, at amy.smith@lamar.edu by March 25, 2015.

MLA 2016: Contemporary Postcolonial Poets and Publics

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:56pm
Modern Language Association Special Session

How do contemporary poets envision their role in the public life of a postcolony? This is not a question of social value but of social relations. In what ways does poetry mediate the discourses which, in part, inform the coherency of any public?

MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session: Rereading Commonplaces

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:27pm
Mai-Lin Cheng/MLA

Abstracts invited for a special session on commonplace books, to be proposed for MLA 2016 in Austin.

Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplaces as poetry, archive, theory; commonplace books and fandom, book history, gender, genre. Submit 300-word abstract and one paragraph bio by 15 March 2015; Mai-Lin Cheng (cheng@uoregon.edu).

"The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 2:21pm
Christopher Allen Varlack, University of Maryland Baltimore County

From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

Nation, Narration, and Revolution - MSA 17 "Modernism and Revolution", Boston, Nov. 19-22, 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:34pm
Vaclav Paris / CUNY City College

The modernist period is characterized by national upheavals, from the Mexican Revolution, to the Russian Revolutions, to the controversial peace settlements of 1919, and the crises leading up to the Second World War. Modernist artists, writers and filmakers engaged with, and responded to these upheavals, adapting their media to narrate new kinds of national belonging and new versions of the national story. Exploring the connections between nation, narration, and revolution in its broadest sense, this panel seeks to bring together a variety of examples of modernist reactions to geopolitical upheaval.

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