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13th International Connotations Symposium - Poetic Justice: Legal, Ethical, and Aesthetic Judgments in Literary Texts

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 9:15am
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Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate

The first textbook definition of the concept of poetic justice goes back to Thomas Rymer's The Tragedies of the Last Age Consider'd (1678). According to him, the term signified "the distribution, at the end of a literary work, of earthly rewards and punishments in proportion to the virtue or vice of the various characters" (Abrams, Glossary of Literary Terms 299-300). The introduction of virtue and vice into the concept immediately refers to a moral dimen-sion; on aesthetic grounds, however, it was soon (and has continued to be) criticized.

Forever: University of Toronto Graduate Conference, May 15-16 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:10am
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English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.

Interpretation and Influence of Greek Myths

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 4:54pm
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RMMLA 2014
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This session broadly deals with any twentieth and twenty-first interpretations or adaptations of Greek myths. We are particularly interested in the enduring presence of these myths in literature, stage and film rather than papers on Greek sources as primary texts, but both will be considered. Deadline is March 1, 2014. Please email proposals to Roger Green.

2014 RMMLA Convention
BOISE, Idaho ~ October 9-11, 2014

Session chair: Roger Green
1067 Marion St Apt 3
Denver, CO 80218

Literary History and Ideas of Mind (MLA Vancouver, 8-11 Jan 2014)

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 12:10pm
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Modern Language Association
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Special session proposal for MLA2015: What is the place of "mind" in literary history? How might intellectual histories of cognition illuminate questions of period, genre, and textuality? Submissions from all periods and methodologies welcome.

300-word abstract & bio by 15 March 2014 to joshua.gang [at]

"After the Eruption": Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War (MLA, Vancouver, BC, 8-11 January 2015)

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 4:15pm
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Coleman Hutchison, UT-Austin/Melville Society

In response to the 2015 MLA Presidential Theme, "Negotiating Sites of Memory," the Melville Society invites proposals for a special session, "'After the Eruption': Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War."

We welcome papers on any aspect of Melville's representations of the American Civil War—especially how those representations helped to influence the cultural memory of the conflict in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

Please send 300-word abstracts and brief CVs to Coleman Hutchison by 15 March 2014 (

Travel in Africa

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 3:34pm
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Amber Foster/Texas A&M University
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What is "cultural work" is performed by Africa in the transatlantic/transnational literary imagination? This proposed special session for MLA 2015 (Vancouver) considers Africa as a site of memory, with an emphasis on new approaches to Anglophone travel narratives to/in Africa. 250 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014.

Conceptual Writing and Modernist Avant-Gardes, MSA 16, Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 1:53pm
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Laura B. McGrath, Michigan State University
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Analyses of the relationship between modernism and contemporary literature abound (see Majorie Perloff, Rebecca Walkowitz, David James, and Jessica Pressman) with well-known writers like Ben Marcus, Will Self, and Tom McCarthy affiliating with the experiments of Joyce, Stein, and Gaddis, among others. Conceptual writers and artists, in particular, have been quick to construct a genealogy of experimentation rooted in modernist avant-gardism, leading from Gertrude Stein to Kenneth Goldsmith, by way of Marcel Duchamp, Samuel Beckett, Guy Debord, and John Cage. What aesthetic confluences or divisions arise when considering the practices of conceptual writing alongside the practices of the modernist avant-garde?

Voice and Empowerment -- October 24-25, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:08am
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Michigan College English Association
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Call for Papers: MCEA Conference, Friday October 24, 2014, and Saturday October 25, 2014

Theme: Voice and Empowerment

Saturday Luncheon Speaker: Fiction Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell

Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also want our students to hear the different voices of others in their classrooms and cities and in literature. Working in a culture that often has an anti-intellectual bias, how can we find our own voices and empower ourselves? We welcome scholarly papers and creative writing about the topics below.

The Anthropocene and Deep-Time in Literary Studies | MLA 8-11 Jan. 2015, Vancouver

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 9:10am
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Heather Houser
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Inviting proposals for papers on the importance of deep time, geology, and evolution for 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture in the context of discussions of the Anthropocene. Theories, analyses, visualizations, and big data projects welcome.

Send 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014 to Heather Houser ( and Ursula Heise (

The Modern Language Association convention will be held 8-11 January 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. Information here:

Poems Invited for June 2014 Issue of Taj Mahal Review 25th Issue

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 4:57am
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Taj Mahal Review is published in June and December annually.

Poems and stories may be submitted by all authors, whether first-time or published writers. The poems (maximum 35 lines), essays, short stories, literary articles and reviews (maximum 2500 words) must be in English. Poems with a special layout should be sent by email as an attachment using Microsoft Word.

Haikus may also be submitted. (Maximum 10)

Esperanto Essays and Poems with English translations may also be submitted.

The matter sent for publication must be an original creation of the author. The plagiarised work should not be submitted. Your submission declares that the work is original, and your own.

Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and the Will of Literature

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:58pm
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The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference
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CFP: The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference

Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and
the Will of Literature

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

City University of New York

April 23-25, 2015

Abstracts due: September 15, 2014

Love Figures: Amorous Figuration or the "In-Love" figure. University of Montreal, May 1-2. CFP deadline March 14 .

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 5:05pm
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Annual graduate student conference on the theme: the figures of love as means to express language or knowledge.

Considered an emotion or a virtue, an idea, a blessing or a disgrace, love opens and shuts gates, builds houses and cities but does not refrain from crushing them, rigging them with its own dynamite and contemplating the slaughter from afar – or from so close it burns with the actual structure.

Pondering on love, we could not bring ourselves to a stop – too many ideas, directions, pathways and junctions: thinking about Ovid, his Art of Love and his Cure for Love, these two opposites that may not be so, as Love is sometimes an ailment to be cured of, while to love, actively, is more akin to an art.