In “The Storyteller,” Walter Benjamin draws a figure whose narratives imparts wisdom and lived experience, one whose stories “[have] counsel for his readers.” He laments “the art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.” For Benjamin, the solitary and isolated author has no lived experience to offer in her stories, for rather than epistemological stories she produces only informative narratives that offer “evidence of the profound perplexity of living.”
A Study in Sidekicks: The detective’s assistant in crime fiction
Editors: Dr Lucy Andrew (University of Chester), Samuel Saunders (Liverpool John Moores University)
‘I am lost without my Boswell’, Sherlock Holmes says of his trusty sidekick Dr John Watson in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ (1891). Biographer, narrator, observer, assistant, companion, conscience, foil, fool, audience surrogate – the role of the detective’s sidekick is multifaceted, complex and continually evolving.
Lisa Macklem and Dominick Grace seek proposals for a refereed collection of essays on the CW cult horror show Supernatural to be published by McFarland
The Ontario Chapter of the AATSP (AATSP-ON) invites you to participate in its annual conference, hosted this year by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures of the University of Ottawa, on Nov 3-4, 2017.
Deadline for submissions is Oct 10, 2017.
Presentations (20 minutes; 7/8 pages, Times 12, double-spaced) and workshops (30 minutes) will focus on the topics outlined below.
Stream 1 – Research and Criticism: Interdisciplinary discussions focused on cultural production and socio-political, economic, environmental, and geographic themes:
CALL FOR PAPERS - FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, Issue 5 Autumn 2019
Feminism and Motherhood in the 21st century
Guest editor: Dr Charlotte Beyer, Senior Lecturer in English Studies, University of Gloucestershire
Motherhood has long been a vital yet complex, even problematic topic for feminism. This special issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics investigates the meanings of motherhood for feminism today, and the challenges it poses, in a glocal context characterised by gender fluidity and social inequality.
Early in his coverage of the 1972 American presidential campaign, Hunter S. Thompson notified his readers that he was abandoning all pretense of journalistic objectivity. “Don’t bother to look for it here,” he cautions. “With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.” With this warning, Thompson was not divorcing himself from truth-telling; rather, as William Stephenson explains, in refusing to play by the correct rules of conventional journalism, Thompson “turned away from the ‘truth’ determined by metropolitan editors and their establishment paymasters, and lit out for his own frontier.”
Adaptation studies was originally established with the intent to study the manner in which cinematic texts altered their literary sources. However, this concept has since expanded to engage with broader ideas of how adaptation functions and the manner in which it has come to interface with not only specific genres of literature, film, theatre, media, and the digital, but also the narratives that underlie these in a broader social, political, and historical sense (Raw and Gurr, 2013). In fact, it is now maintained that the field is broad enough to be conceptualised as an active determining process that affects almost every aspect of our lives as we engage with the world around us.
Chapter proposals are requested for a proposed handbook, New Directions in Children’s Film: Theory and Practice, edited by Casie Hermansson and Janet Zepernick and under consideration with Palgrave Macmillan. While children’s film is as old as film itself, film scholarship is only recently beginning to catch up to the numerous innovations of this thriving genre. This collection aims to chart the new directions in 21st century children’s film (broadly defined), and in its study.
Call for Papers
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 22, 2017