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John Milton: A General Session (MLA 2016: 7-10 January)

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 1:32pm
Milton Society of America

Papers invited on all topics related to John Milton. Full 18-minute papers or 500-word abstracts by March 9, 2015 to Stephen M. Fallon. Session sponsored by the Milton Society of America.

CfP: The Robert Frost Review

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 1:05pm
The Robert Frost Society/The Robert Frost Review

Call for papers: The Robert Frost Review is currently accepting article submissions. Articles should address some aspect of Frost poems, history, or reception. Please send electronic attachments of manuscripts no longer than 5,000 words in MLA style to by June 15, 2015 for consideration.

[UPDATE] CFP (MLA 2016) Syntax and Poetry

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 2:16am
Modern Language Association/Linguistic Approaches to Literature Division

CFP (MLA 2016) Syntax and Poetry

How do poets employ and challenge the conventions of syntax for poetic effect? Papers are invited providing a stylistic exploration of the syntax of poetry. Please send a 300-word abstract by 6 March 2015; to Don Hardy (

Call for Submissions – Verge: Studies in Global Asias (Issue 4: Asian Empires & Imperialism), due Aug. 1

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 7:41pm
Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Verge: Studies in Global Asias is a new journal that includes scholarship from scholars in both Asian and Asian American Studies. These two fields have traditionally defined themselves in opposition to one another, with the former focused on an area-studies, nationally and politically oriented approach, and the latter emphasizing epistemological categories, including ethnicity and citizenship, that drew mainly on the history of the United States. The past decade however has seen a series of rapprochements in which, for instance, categories "belonging" to Asian American Studies (ethnicity, race, diaspora) have been applied with increasing success to studies of Asia.

[Update/extended deadline (15 March)] The Waggle magazine - creative submissions

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 10:46pm
The Waggle magazine

We are presently seeking submissions of art, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for our third issue! We will also consider reviews of non-mainstream books and music. Frankly, if it's well-written, we want to read it; if it's visually intriguing, we want to see it.

In the covering e-mail, please include the author or artist's name, contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), and a brief (2-4 sentence) bio. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please notify us if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

Deadline for submissions for the next issue is 31 January 2015. (Please feel free to keep sending us wondrous creations beyond that date!)


Silence and Documentation - July 10-11

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 6:07pm
Simon Fraser University English Graduate Student Caucus, Vancouver BC

"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence."
― Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978

"When we (as readers) fill in the gaps that the writer has peppered throughout the book, we form a meaningful bond with the book. We are not just pulling information from it; we're participating in a reciprocal relationship, creating and deriving meaning in an extravaganza of interpretation."
— Wolfgang Iser, Prospecting: From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology

The American Hobo, MLA 2016, 1/7-1/10

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:19pm
MLA Special Session

Kerouac proclaims in his 1960 essay "The Vanishing Hobo" that cultural practices have made the American landscape inhospitable to the long-cherished tramp in literature and life. Despite this claim, the hobo continues to exhibit a cultural unconscious onto American narratives well into the present. This session aims to explore the hobo as 'he' becomes a special kind of subject in the twentieth century, breaking apart from early-century labor politics to become a transitional figure of individualistic and opportunistic strategies.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sixth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium - March 28, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:42am
Gordon College

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Gordon College invite paper submissions for their sixth annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium (LLUC). Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to submit 8-10 page papers in English on any linguistic or literary topic. Please provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of your essay in addition to your completed paper. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The submission deadline is February 14, 2015, and we will confirm acceptance by February 28, 2015.