Found objects are a major feature of modernist art, whether the plastic arts or urban narratives. Object-centered considerations of literary modernism vary from the placement of materials within texts (as with the poetry of Marianne Moore) to the detournement of objects by the later avant-gardes (such as the Situationists) What does the modernist fascination with mundane objects tell us about the affect of the collector, or the artist, or modernist affect more generally? What does the representation of lost and found objects, souvenirs, curios, and window displays disclose about modernism? What do these narratives suggest about the perceived role of the modern metropolis in reproducing capitalism?
In his essay "What is a City?" (1937) Lewis Mumford describes the metropolis as "a related collection of primary groups and purposive associations" (93). His account of the city parallels twentieth-century conceptions of modernity as a vast grid of interconnected individuals. As the nineteenth century transitioned to the twentieth, populations increasingly congregated in massive metropolitan hubs that organized disparate individuals into a loosely constructed unity. For many, the city began to exemplify this vision of individual collectivity, all lines joining to a hub.
This announcement is a call for chapter proposals for a collection on representations of the environment in English Romantic writing. Proposals are 600 w plus a bibliography, due by August 15 2014. Chapters will be 6000w, due by January 5 2015. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with initial statement of interest.
Lorna Fitzsimmons is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at California State University Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles. She is the editor or co-editor of ten books, including Identities in Early Modern English Writing (Brepols, forthcoming).
Recent scholarship in the 'temporal turn' has raised fundamental questions in the intersection of time and cultural representations (). However, this scholarship frequently side-steps cultural representations of time as malleable and non-rational, as well as supernatural temporalities. Thinking alongside the 2014 PAMLA Conference theme "Familiar Spirits," this panel invites papers that consider the relation between magic and time.
2014 Simon Fraser University English Graduate Conference – June 20-21, 2014
"Expense & Expendability"
To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other.
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
This panel centers on the subject of orality and the written record in the realm of music. The organizers are particularly interested in the history of rimur, an Icelandic song tradition which appeared in manuscripts beginning in the 14th century and survived long enough to be recorded in 20th-century performance. However, abstracts are welcome on any aspect of orality and literacy in relation to medieval and early modern music.
Abstracts for papers should be 250 words or fewer.
Deadline for submissions is June 17, 2014.
The Medieval-Renaissance Conference takes place at UVA-Wise, Sept. 25-27, 2014.
Conversations with Tradition
In collaboration with the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, for the fourth annual Modern Horizons conference—to be held October 24th and 25th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta—we invite proposals for 20 minute presentations on the theme of 'Conversations with Tradition.'
J. Hillis Miller has observed that "New digital devices- computers, iPhones, iPads, Facebook Twitter, Video games are rapidly diminishing the role literature plays in peoples' lives" and the need to study English for academic purposes. Consequently, the teaching of language and literature, it would be no exaggeration to say has changed beyond all recognition. This notwithstanding, multitude of teachers and students continue to study literary texts and the English language.
Call for Papers:
Raymond Carver's Life, Legacy, and Works
2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
Detroit, November 13-16, 2014
Panel hosted by the International Raymond Carver Society (IRCS)
The IRCS regularly hosts panels at the MMLA. The IRCS invites proposals for 20-minute talks on any aspect of Raymond Carver's life, legacy, and works. Please send a 250-300 word abstract and a 100-word biosketch to:
ircs AT internationalraymondcarversociety.org
No later than May 15, 2014
Call for Papers
The Future for Honors
26 – 27 September 2014
to be held at:
The Honors College
Rochester MI 48309
What is the future of the Honors College in higher education?
How distinctive is honors education in today's universities, and how might it be so in the future?
How can honors programs/colleges meet the challenges in higher education over the next 10, 20, 30 years?
Who are honors college graduates and what does this mean for honors education in the future?
How does honors in the USA relate to developments in supporting excellence in undergraduate education around the world?
Postcolonial Studies astutely points to Literature as a carrier of inscriptions that perpetuate race, gender, and class disparities. Even as Roland Barthes points out that texts are loaded with social and ideological values, critics such as Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Franz Fanon detail the effects of social values on peoples that Western Empires and their Literatures subjugate. As a result, the Western canon has become suspect to the point that multiculturalism is disbanding the canon instead of widening its inclusiveness. Yet, as Toni Morrison claims, dismissing the classics eschews critical studies in psychology, history, and sociology. The classics, Morrison claims, have value in what they can teach us about our world.
Call for Submissions, Summer/Fall 2014
We are presently seeking submissions of art, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for the second issue of The Waggle! 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.
Fluid Objects, Solid Texts: Literature and Ethics in the Age of Hyperobjects
Panel Proposal for Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 2014 Conference – "Fluid" - Dallas, TX - Oct. 9-12, 2014
Send ~250 word abstract and a brief biographical note to Matthew Dodson at email@example.com no later than April 20, 2014.
2013 Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: April 30, 2014
This Series seeks scholarly works on intercultural encounters in literature, particularly East-West precolonial, colonial, or postcolonial contacts that expose, problematize, or re-create the sense of locality, historicity, and subjectivity. The Series especially welcomes monographs written in English or other languages translated into English. Conference volumes or edited volumes by multiple authors will not be considered at this time. Volumes of essays with a thematic focus written by a single author, however, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of revised doctoral dissertations which employ innovative concepts related to our topics. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following: