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Cliché - Issue 18, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts. 20 March 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:32am
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FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts
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As writers and academics we fear having our work criticised as cliché; yet, we continue to repeat and overwork certain ideas to the brink. If we are to believe Marshall McLuhan, "it is the worn out cliché that reveals the creative or archetypal processes in language as in all other processes and artifacts" (Cliché to Archetype 127). The pursuit of newness requires us to label precursors as old and eventually worn out, thereby rendering them cliché. At the same time, a phrase, symbol, or trope would not be used to the point of cliché if it did not continue to strike a chord with so many artists or thinkers. Clichés are cultural relics reread and relocated as benchmarks for new art and interpretation.


Monday, February 17, 2014 - 6:34pm
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Robert Frost Review

The Robert Frost Review is planning a special double issue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of both A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914). The Robert Frost Review welcomes all articles on any aspect of the poems, history, or reception of either or both books. Please send electronic attachments of manuscripts no longer than 5,000 words in MLA style before July 2014 to for full consideration.

Sustainability and Population

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:41pm
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MLA 2015
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"Sustainability and Population," MLA 2015, Special Session

This panel invites papers that examine the intersections of "sustainability" and "population" in literature. Papers may consider how race, demography, biopolitics, fertility, economics, agriculture, and spatial distribution help clarify, illuminate, and evaluate "sustainability"---what literary critics have deemed a thorny and vague concept in the past few years. Papers from any time period are welcome. Please send 250-word abstracts to Abby Goode ( by 15 March 2014.

Celebrity Encounters: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America, July 4-5, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 2:01pm
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University of Portsmouth
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Building on recent scholarship that has demonstrated that the discourses, practices and conditions associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century celebrity culture were already in place in America and Europe by the end of the eighteenth century, this conference explores the transatlantic dimensions of nineteenth-century constructions of fame and fandom. It considers the ways transatlantic celebrity affected relationships between, and the identities of, celebrities and fans, and facilitated a questioning of geographically located notions of identity, race, gender and class.

"Mediterranean Visions: Journeys, Itineraries and Cultural Migrations"

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 11:25pm
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Mediterranean Visions College of the Holy Cross - Sant'Anna Institute

This conference intends to focus on the possible perceptions of the journey to/from/around the Mediterranean Sea, moving from an Italian, European and extra-European perspective (with specific reference to the American continent, which is so historically and culturally connected to the Mediterranean heritage and to its explorations), and concentrating moreover on the theme of immigration/emigration to/from the Mediterranean Basin, the result of centuries-old, intercultural exchanges occurring between its shores, as well as the new challenges (social and economic) facing the region from globalized society and from the increasingly urgent democratic requirements of the populations inhabiting it.

MLA 15: Narrating Madness and Autism

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:13pm
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Jonathan Gagas
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This non-guaranteed special session invites papers addressing how narratives of psychosis, mood disorders, or autism (in any medium, genre, or period) change our understanding of the ethics and phenomenology of reading, viewing, or listening. I welcome disability studies critiques of concepts of madness or autism, histories of medical or psychological narratives, and philosophy of psychology and psychiatry analyses of cognition, affect, volition, or hermeneutics in narratives of madness or autism conceptualized as real experiences of distress, impairment, and different mental structures. Please submit 350-word abstracts and CVs to Jonathan Gagas, Temple University ( by March 15, 2014.

Writing Home: Battle Front and Home Front Children's Literature of the First World War

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:16am
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MLA: Nonguaranteed Session in Children's Literature

Children at home dream of war; children in war zones dream of home. War poets such as Robert Service, Wilfred Owen, and Robert Graves were haunted by childhood narratives of home and play, to the point where they were interpreting their own immediate experience through lenses tinted by memory and childish linguistic patterns; novelists such as L.M. Montgomery, Kate Seredy, and Ethel Turner became increasingly obsessed with the identity of place and how war expands (and sometimes explodes) a community's sense of self.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers IJ-ELTS [April – June, 2014 Issue]

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:15am
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International Journal of English Language and Translation Studies
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The IJ-ELTS invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Literature and Translation Studies for April-June, 2014 Issue.
Manuscripts submission deadline: 30/04/ 2014
Issue publication date: 07/06/2014
The papers can address issues in/related to the following research disciplines-
1. English Language Teaching
2. Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign/ Second Language
3. English Language Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
4. Teaching English for Specific Purposes/ Academic Purposes
5. Relationship between L1 and L2

[Update] Deadline Extended: Theory/Post-Theory Interdisciplinary Conference

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 9:38am
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Graduate Students Association, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Due to the spirited discussion that has already been generated in response to our initial announcement, the Berkeley Rhetoric community would like to submit a revised call for papers with an extended deadline of March 1st. Notifications will be sent by mid-March.

Theory/Post-Theory: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Organized by the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Rhetoric
University of California, Berkeley
April 18th, 2014
Keynote Address: Professor David N. Rodowick (Chicago)

UPDATE New Literatures in English

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:19am
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New Literatures in English
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Title of the book: New Literatures in English
Editor: Dr R.P. Singh
Associate Professor
Department of English and Modern European Languages,
University of Lucknow
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The proposed book seeks to examine various aspects of New Literatures in English with special reference to the following:
1. Making of New Literatures
2. Postcolonialism
3. Postmodernism
4. Identity formation in New Literature
5. Diaspora Literature
6. Canadian Literature in English

UPDATE Canadian Literature

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:08am
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Canadian Literature
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Call for Paper on
Canadian Literature
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The proposed book seeks to examine various aspects of Canadian Literature with reference to the following:
1. Making of Canadian Literature
2. Challenges before Canadian Literature
3. Code of History in Canada
4. Code of Gender in Canada
5. Code of Fantasy in Canada
6. Code of Folklore in Canada
7. Identity formation in Canadian Literature
8. South Asian Diaspora in Canada
9. Canadian Poetry
10. Canadian Novel
11. Canadian Drama
12. Canadian Criticism
13. Northrop Frye
14. A L Purdy
15. D.G.Jones
16. b.p.Nichol

Portals Comparative Literature Journal Now Accepting Submissions

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 12:22am
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Portals Comparative Literature Journal/CLSA at San Francisco State University
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Portals Literary Journal is accepting submissions for our Spring 2014 issue.
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San Francisco State University, Comparative Literature Student Association
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2014 Call for Submissions
Portals is currently accepting submissions for our Spring 2014 issue.

Submission deadline: March 7, 2014.

Portals invites original critical essays and short creative fiction that explore comparative literary topics across cultural, regional, linguistic, and temporal boundaries for the Spring 2012 issue. This edition will be available in scholarly journal listings worldwide.

Liminality in American Literature

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 4:19pm
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PAMLA Conference 2014, Riverside, CA
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This panel welcomes papers considering the role and function of liminality, liminal personas, and liminal landscapres in works of American Literature. Paper topics are not limited to, but may include, the application of Arnold van Gennep, Victor Turner, Pat Mora, and Gloria Anzaldua. Papers should explore the connection between liminality and the American understanding of land, race, gender, identity, genre, or reality (though other considerations are welcome).