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[UPDATE] EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CROSSOVERS: GENDER, GENRE, GEOGRAPHY (Edited Collection)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:07pm
Sonia Sahoo and Ramit Samaddar Centre for Advanced Study in English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Our proposed collection aims to explore the meanings of crossover in the eighteenth century. The concept of crossover grew out of the uneasy reconcilement between the era's belief in the absoluteness of taxonomical categories and its paradoxical insistence on the potential malleability and manipulability of the same. Sweeping changes in the cultural scene challenged the seeming discreteness between conceptual kinds, and unleashed the possibility of transcending boundaries of all sorts.

CFP MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10). Special Session, "Race in/after Conceptual Writing"

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:23am
Seth Perlow

Papers are invited for a special session on treatments (and elisions) of racial politics, aesthetics, identities, and experiences in recent conceptual writing and related experimentalisms. If conceptual writing pits itself "against expression," how might its practitioners offer possibilities for challenging and reworking conventional ways of writing racial politics or for entrenching racialized assumptions and racial privilege within the worlds of experimental poetry and poetry studies?

CFP: "Teaching Trauma" at MLA 2016: Submit by March 13, 2015

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 9:50am
Eden Wales Freedman

This panel considers the pedagogical challenges of teaching trauma literature and trauma theory to undergraduates and theorizes ways of teaching that can combat—versus exacerbate—depicted catastrophes. Submit 300-word abstracts and a 1-page CV by 13 March 2015 to Eden Wales Freedman (eden.w.freedman@gmail.com).

MLA 2016, Austin | The Somme and the Literary Memory of WWI, 1916-2016

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:22am
Modern Language Association 2016 Convention

Even after 100 years, debate continues over the meaning, consequences and legacy of the Somme Offensive of 1916.

The traditional view of it is that it was a catastrophe and a failure, but recent works by historians like Gary Sheffield and William Philpott have challenged this view and promoted alternate understandings of the campaign.

Papers should examine literary engagements with the Somme Offensive of 1916, with its legacy, or with its impact on writing about the First World War or war more generally. A 350-word abstract and a 50-word bio should be submitted by March 15, 2015; please send to Nicholas Milne-Walasek at nmiln013@uottawa.ca.

MLA 2016 Austin (1/7-1/10) Special Session: Transnationalizing the Public Sphere

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 1:12pm
MLA 2016

Nancy Fraser has written that, from the perspective of critical theory, "it is by no means clear what it means today to speak of 'transnational public spheres." This special session responds to the 2016 presidential theme, and asks what "the public sphere" means for an age of globalization. How does contemporary literature contribute to public sphere theories that overspill the imagined and material borders of the nation-state? What kinds of publics do these texts address and envision? And how do these texts modify the language of deliberative democracy to incorporate multi-state political bodies?

Re-Approaching the Survey Course

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:35pm
Gwynn A. Dujardin

Proposals invited for MLA roundtable session (Austin, TX; January 2016) on innovative approaches to teaching literature surveys. Papers may encompass the practical (e.g., syllabus design, teaching strategies, assignments/assessment), the institutional (i.e., ways of introducing curricular innovation), and/or the theoretical (i.e., on place of the survey course in our curricula and the discipline). 250-page abstracts and brief CV to dujardin@queensu.ca by March 15.

[UPDATE] Occupations - Excursions Journal (extended deadline: 18 March 2015)

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 4:19am
Excursions Journal

We have extended the deadline for submissions for the next issue of Excursions Journal, 'Occupations' - the new deadline for submissions is 18th March 2015.

Details can be found below. This information is also available at http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/index.php/excursions/pages/view/cfp

EXCURSIONS JOURNAL 6:1
Call for Papers: 'Occupations'
Extended Deadline: 18th March 2015

Reading Over Time (MLA 2016, Austin 01/07-01/10; deadline 3/15/15)

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 8:30pm
Peter Rabinowitz and Cynthia Port / MLA 2016

"No story is the same to us after a lapse of time," George Eliot writes in Adam Bede, "or rather, we who read it are no longer the same interpreters." For a proposed MLA 2016 special session, we seek papers on reencountering texts at different moments in the life course. Given debates about the perception of "late style" in the work of artists and writers nearing the end of their lives, might there be cause to postulate a "late" (or "early") style among readers or viewers? What differences emerge with age and experience? How do political and cultural developments, shifts in aesthetic fashion, emerging critical perspectives, technological innovations, or the vicissitudes of personal history contribute to the renewal of a text over time?

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