In William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton's problematic play Timon of Athens, the fate of Athens hangs in the balance as the eponymous character threatens the city with literal and figurative diseases from outside its walls. Timon thus embodies a nightmarishly pathogenic force, sending forth plagues and venereal diseases to "thatch your poor thin roofs/With burthens of the dead" (V.iii.143-145), even as the city's gates bar his physical entrance. Although Timon of Athens has traditionally been regarded as an anti-corruption allegory, the play thus presents fruitful opportunities for examination through the lens of quarantine and urban containment.
Love & the Word - AULLA Conference 2016
DEADLINE: Monday the 29th February 2016
Hosted by Victoria University, the Australasian Universities Languages & Literature Association Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 7th-9th December 2016.
The conference theme draws on AULLA's origins as an association of scholars working in fields of philology. Thus we examine both philos (love) and logos (word). How does affection affect words? What do people mean by 'love' and its counterparts in the world's languages? Or perhaps: how does it 'do' those meanings?
Now accepting proposals for a panel on Second-Generation Cognitive Approaches to Literature at NeMLA 2016, to be held March 17-20, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Literature and Art of Reconciliation
This roundtable will examine how the Latin American novel has evolved since the publication of McOndo. Have the McOndo and "Crack" generations completely stepped out of the shadows of the writers of the 'Boom' generation? The roundtable seeks to clarify the similarities and dissimilarities between the 'Boom' and Post 'Boom' generations in Latin American literature through a detailed examination of the works of Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Cortázar, Roberto Bolaño, Alberto Fuguet, Jorge Volpi, Patricio Pron, and others.
'The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies' (JWLS; http://www.wyndhamlewis.org/jwls) is the pre-eminent scholarly journal dedicated to the life, paintings, and writings of Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957). JWLS is peer reviewed; seeks to make decisive contributions to Lewisian and modernist studies; and is a key resource for those working in both fields. JWLS particularly welcomes work that places Lewis's thought, writing, and painting in relation to other key figures from the period, cultural histories, or current debates. Please send:
- 7-9,000-word articles on Lewis's work, especially in relation to other figures, cultural discourses, and intellectual traditions;
The Sunflower Collective is looking for submissions. We celebrate the personal and the political - which we believe to be one and the same thing - in art.
We would like to mention at the outset that we are not interested in art that does not take risks. We do not mind if you have a degree but we are unlikely to be impressed by it. Nor do we care which journals have published your work before. All we are interested in is something that sings for itself without any props, something that grabs us by our throat and refuses to let go, something that shakes us out of our complacent stupor. Give us something hungry, not bellyful; something beat, if you get our drift.
Proposals are invited for a volume entitled Teaching Young Adult Literature to be edited by Karen Coats, Mike Cadden, and Roberta Seelinger Trites. This volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series aims to bring together a range of articles describing innovative and successful approaches to designing and teaching stand-alone Young Adult Literature courses at the post-secondary level, as well as incorporating YA texts into other undergraduate and graduate courses relevant to MLA members and Education and Library Science faculty.
Call for Papers for Margins an international peer-reviewed journal [ISSN 2250-0731]
To be or, actually, not two sentences to be, that is the question, combined.
Douglas R. Hofstadter