Papers and panel proposals focused around the cultural framing or representation (in comics, film, literature, religious and medical practices, etc.) of birth or the birthing process are welcome. I welcome any theoretical or critical approaches that address birth (understood broadly). Having said that, here is a particular issue of interest:
This standing session welcomes proposals in any area of 20th and 21st century British literature and culture. From poetry to novels, drama to fashion, music to the shape of empire, the session aims to provide an open space for new engagements with British literary and cultural productions of the last century. Please submit 500-word proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don't have time or an article to submit, perhaps you have the time to spare to be a peer reviewer? Please email Maureen.email@example.com and let me know you would be interested in being a peer reviewer. Include your main interests or the topics you would feel most confident reviewing.
In almost a reactionary response to New Criticism and a development from Historicism, literary researchers are using archival research more and more to develop textual analysis. Whether this research is more historically based or is textual to the point of analysing printing ink and the construction of a text, special collections, museum, and archives are considered a valuable resource. Even in the abstract, the idea of 'the' archive, while being embraced is simultaneously being challenged both for its exclusions and its very definition. How has the/an archive or the very idea of an archive affected/enhanced your own work?
Co-editors Daniel Westover and William Wright invite chapter proposals for 'The Fire that Breaks': Gerard Manley Hopkins's Poetic Legacies, a new volume of critical essays focusing on the diverse and continuing influence of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
In "Tradition and the Practice of Poetry", T.S. Eliot states that "The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new. Not necessarily to make new things." In a similar vein, in ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound famously argues that literature is "news that stays news". Years after its hey-day, how do we understand modernism's commitment to the "new"? From a contemporary standpoint, how has modernism's past been made new again? From W.B. Yeats' turning gyre, to Charlie Chaplin's persistent factory gears in Modern Times, we can gather that when it comes to modernism, "revolution" need not only mean change, but also the very cyclicality of change itself.
We are extending the deadline for submission of abstracts for the conference, '"Perfectly phrased and quite as true": Aphoristic Modernity, 1890–1950', to 1st May 2015 to enable anyone who narrowly missed the deadline to submit their proposal.
We invite proposals that explore aphoristic and epigrammatic writing from any number of diverse perspectives, from the theoretical to the literary-historical, the political to the playful. The periodization should be considered a broad template rather than a strict delimitation - we are happy to consider papers on writers whose work falls slightly outside this bracket. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomsbury C21 Writings Annual International Conference 2015
Writing And Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century
24-25 September 2015, University of Brighton, UK
In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least. - Lauren Berlant, "Cruel Optimism"
For the last several years, the Andrew Marvell Society has published a periodical under the name, 'The Andrew Marvell Newsletter'. At the annual business meeting of the Society last month, the decision was taken to relaunch this periodical as 'Marvell Studies', beginning Summer 2015. This will continue to be an open-access publication, though we are now exploring software packages to replace our current WordPress platform as we seek to establish 'Marvell Studies' as a journal of record. The editorial board is also being reconstituted more widely. Submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed.
Pomona Valley Review is looking for poetry, short fiction, and artwork for our 9th issue this June. PVR needs quality work from undergraduates, graduates, and professionals alike from any college campus, but all are welcome to submit. Quality is our only criterion. Please see our website for details on submitting online and for free versions of previous issues. Deadline is May 1st.