This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do literary texts represent the connection between suffering and faith? How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized and responded to suffering? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?
Recent academic interests and explorations within the field of broadly understood American Studies have been largely concentrating on the unusual and exceptional aspects of American literature, art and life, such as wildness, transgression, excess, violence, sublimity, greatness, intemperance, extraordinariness. The questions which the conference is going to address will focus on the constructions and the place of the "ordinary" viewed from the perspective of various "home"-inspired discourses, from housing to domestic policy, through questions of family values, ethics of modesty, simplicity of living, unpretentiousness, individual and domestic security, American communities, localities and neighborhoods.
Reflections for Revenge Conference at the University of Leicester – only two weeks left to submit your abstract!
Please can I remind you all of the exciting new conference we are holding in September at the University of Leicester. The Call for Papers is open but will close on the 2nd April. For more details about the conference, and the wider collaboration into the study of revenge, please visit our website: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/research/current-projects/r... or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The News from Poems
The Sixth Biennial Conference of the
William Carlos Williams Society
William Paterson University
June 18-20, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Paul Mariani
Author of William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked
The year 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Williams' Journey to Love by Random House and a sort of midpoint in Williams' late career renaissance culminating in Pictures from Breughel. In Journey to Love, Williams continues a lyrical reaffirmation of his identity as a poet and of poetry as a necessary response to the vicissitudes of life—especially the vicissitudes of ageing and the diminishment of time, which is recuperated through poetry, made new:
People in ethnic/racial minority groups, those from colonized countries,
and immigrants often carry with them a rich heritage of oral story telling and musical performance—from the Ananci stories out of Africa to the Klezmer music of Jewish immigrants. This panel invites papers on literary texts that represent, celebrate, rework, or otherwise engage with the conference theme of creativity in all of its manifestations. Topics might include, but are not limited to: the use of trickster figures in literature, reworking/rewriting of oral myths/legends, the use of music in literature, and the use of visual and/or performing arts in literature. Presentations should run between 15 and 20 minutes and allow time for discussion.
"Bridging the Distances between Text and Reader: Strategies for Teaching Multicultural Literature in the Undergraduate Classroom"
Call for Papers: MCEA Conference on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2015
Theme: Conflicts and Resolutions
Featured Luncheon Speaker: Poet Linda Nemec Foster
Location: Davenport University, Robert W. Sneden Center, 6191 Kraft Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512
Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imagination http://luvah.org is seeking submissions for our Summer 2015 issue. We are looking for short stories, poetry, and critical articles. Regarding fiction, the sky is the limit, but for the critical articles, we desire pieces focused on Romanticism, classical art, and pieces that take a new and interesting stand on political, social, or philosophical issues. As a literary journal, we both desire fully creative pieces as well as articles which comment upon or interpret literature or philosophy.
Call for Papers for Victorian Poetry Special Issue: Ballads (Winter 2016)
Edited by Letitia Henville, University of Toronto
This special issue investigates one of the most collected and categorized poetic genres of the Victorian period: the ballad. While ballad collecting dates back to Samuel Pepys in the seventeenth century and Bishop Percy in the eighteenth, nineteenth-century ballad scholars were the first to try to classify all 'authentic' folk verses, most famously with Francis James Child's seven-volume The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898), which attempted to pin down every version of every popular ballad and to categorize all regional variants.
Wreck Park: Interesting Literatures, Interested Criticism
Wreck Park is a double-blind, peer reviewed publication run out of Binghamton, New York. The journal publishes prose, poetry, criticism, and interviews, and is particularly interested in conceptual frameworks and developments that set to disrupt the canonical and standardized discourses of the contemporary academic and literary landscapes. The journal welcomes authors, poets, researchers, and thinkers whose work reflects an interrogation of engendered norms and traditions within societies, cultures, intellectual circles, and beyond.