In their 1999 essay "Deformance and Interpretation," Lisa Samuels and Jerome McGann propose deformative criticism against a rigid, theoretical, informative mode of reading in humanities. Deformance is an action, an imaginative, creative poiesis that does not necessarily aim to set a meaning of a text but reimagines it as a performance. Usually perceived in opposition to the more analytical camp of Digital Humanities, deformative criticism or deformance seems to be one of the very real and material alleys that Digital Humanities has offered to the structured, institutional, and perhaps all too ossified forms of production and exposition of knowledge.
The deadline for abstracts for the Twelfth Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference has been extended to Thursday, September 10:
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its twelfth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 10, 2015. We are delighted to welcome Anne Lake Prescott of Barnard College as our keynote speaker.
The Oswald Review is a refereed undergraduate journal of criticism and research in the discipline of English. Published annually, The Oswald Review accepts submissions from undergraduates in this country and abroad (with a professor's endorsement).
Submit each manuscript as a separate email attachment in Microsoft Word. TOR discourages simultaneous submission to other journals.
All text should be provided in current MLA format, justified left only and without headers and footers. Endnotes, if absolutely necessary, should be minimal.
Ever since the emergence of the modern marketplace for cultural goods, literary texts and art works have, on occasion, defied the expectations of its readers and audience, affronted their moral ethos, or flaunted a disregard for their sensibilities and norms. The potential power of art to disrupt the perceptions of its audience was foregrounded in the critical discourse of the modernists and the historical avant-garde and this possibility continues to animate critical debates, particularly those organized around some understanding of autonomy. With the all but complete commodification of every artistic and literary practice, it is more urgent than ever to pose the question whether we can still presume autonomy.
***DEADLINE EXTENDED to September 20, 2015***
• What makes an environmental crisis common or uncommon?
• How do our understandings of environments depend on causes—both as ideas of causality and ideas of action?
• What ways of imagining, re-imagining and making our environments are held in common, or perhaps just as valuably, are uncommon?
• What can our common and uncommon cultures contribute in addressing environmental crisis?
• How might we understand culturing as an experiment, and thus as a means of creation and conversation? What might we seek to culture?
• What kinds of environmental commons and means of conversation do we already have, or should we create?
Below, please find a cfp for a panel to be held at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, March 31 - April 3, 2016.
"Making Sense(s) in the Eighteenth Century"
On this panel, we would like to consider the concept of incest in relation to society across a number of time periods and cultural forms. Incest may stem from an impulse to purity – keeping bloodlines clean and families insular – and at the same time it may result in deformity and monstrosity. Regardless of the particular character of an incestuous liaison, however, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.
Co-organizers: Jacquelyn Ardam, UCLA; Ronjaunee Chatterjee, CalArts
2015 marked the 30-year anniversary of the publication of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto," whose radical questioning of the divisions between human and machine, matter and meaning, and gendered and "postgendered" existence continues to animate our social reality. Recent discussions in the field of new materialism, which grapple with questions of embodiment and materiality, have opened up new avenues for theorizing femininity outside of conventional frameworks.
The term we still use to designate someone's attachment to a particular language, her potentially flawless competence, or the very "place" for her thoughts to emerge in coherent form, is "mother tongue". We take it to be a natural condition of language acquisition, equally valid for every individual speaker, and thus forget that it is a mere metaphorical reference to the "first" language, spoken by what is referred to, with an even more misleading metaphor, a "native" speaker. Throughout history, the use and connotations of the expression "mother tongue" have undergone several changes. In the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, the Latin "lingua materna" referred to the vernaculars in opposition to the learned Latin.