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PAMLA 2015 (11/6-11/8): Melodramatic Globalization

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:12pm
William Arighi

In literature, film, television, and comics, melodrama is one of the most popular modes across cultures and countries. In regions such as Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, melodramas—in the form of telenovelas, soap operas, and pulp romances—often dominate local cultural production, and sometimes even determine the reception of cultural imports. Academic criticism has frequently invoked psychoanalytic frames of reference to discuss the appeal of melodramatic conventions such as hidden pasts, shock, and the antagonism of morality. Such criticism has tended to assume a developmentalist teleology that presupposes the universalization of values and mores as concomitant with the bourgeoisification of societies.

British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century (PAMLA Standing Session, Nov 6-8, 2015) Deadline May 15th

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:28pm

This standing session welcomes proposals in any area of 20th and 21st century British literature and culture. From poetry to novels, drama to fashion, music to the shape of empire, the session aims to provide an open space for new engagements with British literary and cultural productions of the last century. Please submit 500-word proposals to

REOPENED: The[?] Archive- special edition of the journal Critical Survey

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 1:42pm
Critical Survey

In almost a reactionary response to New Criticism and a development from Historicism, literary researchers are using archival research more and more to develop textual analysis. Whether this research is more historically based or is textual to the point of analysing printing ink and the construction of a text, special collections, museum, and archives are considered a valuable resource. Even in the abstract, the idea of 'the' archive, while being embraced is simultaneously being challenged both for its exclusions and its very definition. How has the/an archive or the very idea of an archive affected/enhanced your own work?

CFP: Peace, War, and Literature 10/29-10/31 Wright State University

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 9:54am
Andrew Strombeck, Wright State University

Invited are papers that address any aspect of literature and conflict, literature and war, literature and peace, or that address work by any of the following authors:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Uwem Akpan
Daniel Alarcon
Richard Bausch
Wendell Berry
Geraldine Brooks
Junot Díaz
Louise Erdrich
Ben Fountain
Lisa Fugard
Kevin Haworth
Marlon James
Ha Jin
Adam Johnson
Brad Kessler
Barbara Kingsolver
Andrew Krivak
Chang-Rae Lee
Maaza Mengiste
Tim O'Brien
Francine Prose
Bob Shacochis
Studs Terkel
Elie Wiesel
Margaret Wrinkle

Bloomsbury C21 Writings Conference - Writing and Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century, 24-25 Sept 15 (deadline: 28 June)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:54am
C21: Centre for Research in Twenty-First Century Writings, University of Brighton

Bloomsbury C21 Writings Annual International Conference 2015

Writing And Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century
24-25 September 2015, University of Brighton, UK

In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least. - Lauren Berlant, "Cruel Optimism"

critical essays on Chitra Divakaruni; abstract due April 20, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:38pm
Amritjit Singh and Samina Najmi

We seek contributions to a collection of critical essays on the work of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The volume is tentatively titled Feminism and Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Chitra Divakaruni, and will be published by Rawat Books in Jaipur, India. Anticipated publication date is Spring 2016.
Rawat, a major publisher in humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences, has co-published dozens of books with American university presses. See more information at and

[UPDATE] CFP Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference 6-7 June

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 9:26pm
Fandom and Neomedia Studies Association

We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 6 and 7 June 2015.

Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one's own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.