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CFP: V. Nabokov's "The Original of Laura"

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 8:26pm
Yuri Leving, Nabokov Online Journal

Nabokov Online Journal, Vol. IV, 2010
www.nabokovonline.com

The Editors of the Nabokov Online Journal announce a special block of articles devoted to V. Nabokov's "The Original of Laura" (scheduled to appear in the fall of 2009). The cluster will be published in the fourth volume of the journal.

Topics:
The list of possible directions to explore can be found below, although these general outlines will be adapted after the actual publication of the fragment of Nabokov's novel in November 2009. At this point the Editors would appreciate only the declaration of your intention to participate in this discussion.

Call for Papers: Ports of Call---Cultures of Exchange, UCLA

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 3:42pm
UCLA Comparative Literture Graduate Student Conference

As gateways to other worlds and world-systems, port cities, such as Tangier, Istanbul, London, Manila, and Kobe, one of Japan's most important ports, are sites of economic and cultural exchange. They are at the cutting edge of global trends and transnational movements that promote the export and import of goods, people, ideas, and ideologies. At least as early as the 16th century, port cities, such as Cadiz in Spain, Cambay in western India, and Sao Salvador da Bahia, in Brazil, to name only a few, have nurtured utopias and launched a thousand dreams into a yet to be conquered horizon. Port cities have been both the crate of colonial desire and the locus of revolutionary fervor.

45th ICMS in Kalamazoo, May 13-16 2010: The Literature and Landscapes of Medieval East Anglia

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 10:54am
Justin T. Noetzel/ Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

This session seeks papers to discuss and analyze the literature, landscapes, history, and places of medieval East Anglia, as well as other relevant disciplines such as architecture, theology, ecology, geography, and sacred and profane spaces. Paper ideas will be accepted from all areas and periods, including Old English poetry, the outlaw sagas and other literature of the East Anglian fens, the historical records and chronicles of the region, the history of invasion from the European continent, female spiritual authors such as Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, the wool-driven economy, and the medieval architecture and urbanization of towns like Ely, Bury St. Edmonds, and Cambridge.

Inking the Self: Autobiography in Comics, Deadline September 30, 2009

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Monday, July 27, 2009 - 3:32pm
Northeast Modern Language Association 2010 Conference (contact: Miriam Brown Spiers)

What are the advantages of presenting autobiography in a graphic format, rather than in print text? How are autobiographical comics related to other comics and to one another, and what seems to be the impetus for creating such a comic? This panel seeks papers about a wide variety of autobiographical comics artists in an attempt to chart and understand this emerging genre. Send 300-500 word abstracts to Miriam Brown Spiers. More details about the NeMLA conference can be found at their website, www.nemla.org.

Fantasty Ireland: Imaginings and Reimaginings

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 4:42pm
North East Irish Culture Network - University of Sunderland

Call for Papers

Fantasy Ireland:
Imaginings and Re-Imaginings

An international conference held at the University of Sunderland

13-15 November 2009

Organised by the North East Irish Culture Network

Following the success of the previous six international Irish Studies conferences, the University of Sunderland, in association with NEICN, is soliciting papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 13-15th November 2009. The conference will begin with a plenary lecture on 13th November; there will be a book launch and wine reception on the Friday evening and a ceilidh and conference banquet on Saturday 14th November.

Shirley Jackson Collection (Sept 30 deadline)

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 4:29pm
Matthew B. Prickett

Proposed Collection: Beyond "The Lottery": Critical Approaches to Shirley Jackson

Editor: Matthew B. Prickett, Longwood University

Beyond "The Lottery" will be the first peer-reviewed collection of critical materials examining the life and works of American author Shirley Jackson. The collection will be an opportunity for scholars to draw attention to lesser-known works of Jackson's, and expand on current scholarship in regards to more widely-known works. Ultimately, the collection will provide the author, and her works, with the critical attention that she has been denied until recently.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

"Explosive Past, Radiant Future", International Colloquium (submission deadline, 30 September)

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 9:54am
Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

The Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto
presents

Explosive Past, Radiant Future

an international colloquium, March 19-20, 2010

Keynote Lectures to be delivered by:

Svetlana Boym (Harvard University, USA)

Thomas Moylan (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Talking Tongues, Speaking Gestures: International Conference on Orality & Performance(01/12-13-14/2010; Deadline: 10/15/2009)

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 4:56am
Jadavpur University

The oral, as a system of communication, while connecting the speaker and the listener in a network of communitic experiences, produces epistemological parameters ""status for the individual and the community. The three day-international conference will dwell on the questions of epistemology, identity and agency as emanating from the oral within the social—including indigenous and the cosmopolitan life worlds—without inviting/invoking an essential distinction between the two. Moreover, the conference will also address performance as an integral part of orality to understand the link and rupture between the sacred and the profane and between history and memory. It will inaugurate memory as mobilizing cognition and subjectivity.

Reading *Twilight*: Analytical Essays

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Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 10:21pm
Giselle Liza Anatol

Stephenie Meyer's vampire saga, *Twilight*, has sold more than 42 million copies. The first installment, first published in 2005, was the best selling book of 2008; the fourth and final novel sold 1.3 million copies on the first day alone. The novels have been translated into 37 languages, and their popularity earned Meyer the title of USA Today's 2008 "Author of the Year," as well as comparisons to J.K. Rowling. *Twilight* might very well be the most formative children's literature series since the Harry Potter novels.

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