Narratives of U.S. nationhood have often been embedded in institutionalized cultural production, especially public performance or spectacle. Early networked television and radio broadcasting, debates over commissions for new theatres, and the extra-athletic spectacles of the Superbowl offer examples. The implicit stakes of nationhood also circulate in less commemorated modes of spectacle, such as prominent performance-based U.S. reality television competitions (America's Got Talent, and American Idol for example) that invest the relationship between cultural production and national identity in the bodies of "everyday" Americans, thus amplifying certain narratives of aspirational performance as incarnations of American optimism.
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 character of an incestuous liaison, incest is in every instance bound up with the patriarchal, heteronormative social structure of the family, either disrupting this order or constituting it.
Women's and Gender Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead is pleased to host this year's gathering of the 15th Annual Red
Intégrité (pronounced IN tay gri tay) is a scholarly journal published twice a year by the Faith & Learning Committee and the Humanities Division of Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO. Published both online (http://www.mobap.edu/integrite) and in print copy, it welcomes essays for a special issue (Spring 2016) on "Faith and Violence in Literature."
Essays may explore the interaction between Christian faith and violence in individual works or writers, in issues concerning teaching such works and writers, and in the pedagogical tasks educators at faith-based institutions of higher learning face when discussing and reflecting on the use of violence.
30 November 2015 | University of Brighton
Keynote speaker: Professor Caroline Evans (UAL)
In a prize-studded career of over twenty years, Linda Grant has written essays and fiction that use the intimacies of people's lives to explore some of the pressing questions of our day. Whether focussing on contemporary gender relations, migration and multiculturalism or social class, Grant's elegant writing provides a lively account of recent history by sketching out the lives of ordinary people against the backdrop of their cultural contexts.
CFP:2016 ACLA Panel
"Affective Engagements, Precarious Lives: Thinking Neoliberalism in East Asia"
Organizer: Michelle Ho, Stony Brook University
Co-Organizer: Claire Danju Yu, Stony Brook University
This seminar seeks to rethink public sphere theory and the idea of counterpublics through the lens of imperial history and the global circulation of texts along imperial circuits from the eighteenth century through the twentieth.
In the early 1990s, scholars of colonial India were concerned that discussions of publics in South Asia were dominated by premises drawn from the European tradition. Since then, the transnational turn in postcolonial studies has increasingly made us aware of the intellectual and material connections among the nationalist movements at work in European colonies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Global Avant-Gardes: Visual and Verbal
ACLA, March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University
Submission deadline: September 23
Submission portal: http://www.acla.org/node/add/paper
Organizer: Barrett Watten, Wayne State University
Co-Organizer: Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma
In recent years, critics, teachers, editors, authors, and readers have all argued that children's and Young Adult literature must be more diverse. In fact, there are numerous blogs and websites, including "We Need Diverse Books," "Diversity in YA," "Latin@s in Kid Lit," "Rich in Color," and "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?," among others, devoted to promoting diversity in children's and YA lit. As such blogs and websites along with numerous surveys show, there is a dearth of diverse characters and diverse writers in children's and YA lit. This dearth promotes, whether intentionally or not, the idea that whiteness is normal and that the unearned privilege that comes with being white is also normal.
The history of the novel is also, it would appear, a history of secularization. For Ian Watt, Michael McKeon, Franco Moretti, and many others, the novel is a product of what Max Weber called rationalization. More recently, in Martha Nussbaum's Love's Knowledge and Lynn Hunt's Inventing Human Rights, the novel is seen as participating in the production of secular modernity—through the elaboration of modernity's ethics and the encouragement of empathy across socio-economic boundaries, respectively. How then should we characterize the relationship between the novel and secularization? Is the novel an effect or a cause of secularization? Or, if the relationship between the two is more dialectical, how should that dialectic be described?