We invite proposals for an MLA special session on "Peripheral Aesthetics and World Literature" – Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Austin, Texas, January 7-10, 2016. In addition, a journal special issue/edited volume on the topic is being considered. An outline of the project is given below. Please send 300-400 abstracts and queries to Auritro Majumder (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sourit Bhattacharya (email@example.com) by March 10, 2015.
This panel seeks interesting and innovative papers in the field of adaptation studies. As Linda Hutcheon writes in A Theory of Adaptation, adapters "are just as likely to want to contest the aesthetic or political values of the adapted text as to pay homage." Our panelists will explore the political uses to which adaptation is put, considering why and how authors adapt specific texts for political purposes. We will consider the possibilities and limitations of using adaptation as a political tool.
We are inviting proposals for chapters of an edited volume which consider how a focus on borders and border crossings might transform contemporary understandings of masculinities. The volume is intended to foster dialogues between a range of disciplines engaged in the analysis of cultural representations of gender. We are particularly interested in contributions from the fields of Modern Languages and Cultures, English Studies, Film Studies, History and Cultural Studies.
In "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" Louis Althusser notes that "every State Apparatus, whether Repressive or Ideological, 'functions' both by violence and by ideology." Bearing Althusser in mind, this year's panel is interested in papers investigating the various apparatuses and power-relationships which produce such violence – be it ideological, structural, political, physical, historical or otherwise – and how these systems are made sensible, disavowed, overwritten, or function as platforms for resistance in Southern Literature.
Paper proposals of 250 words are due March 7th to Marcus Heiligenthal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Comparative Literature is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field with a global reach. Its roots can be traced to classical philology, but its modern incarnation can probably be found in Goethe's early 19th-century concept of "world literature" (Weltliterature), in which he refers to the international circulation, reception, interpretation, and influence of ideas and the arts beyond cultural boundaries, an idea both poignant and prescient in our age of global communication.
Abstracts are being accepted for the regular Comparative Literature session at the South Central MLA meeting in Nashville, TN, October 31-November 3, 2015. The conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language" but papers on any topic are encouraged. Successful papers may be considered for publication in the Lamar Journal of the Humanities, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. Please submit abstracts to the session chair, Amy Smith, at email@example.com by March 25, 2015.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Contributions are sought for PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS," a collection of essays edited by Erik Grayson (Wartburg College) and Maren Scheurer (Goethe-Universität).
Essays appearing in PHANTOM GRIEF, PROSTHETIC MOURNING: AMPUTATION AND THE SEMIOTICS OF "LOSS" will engage with the theme of amputation in literature from a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Open to discussions of texts from any era, language tradition, or geographical region, the collection seeks to be a repository of new, original scholarship that explores the many roles the figure of the amputee plays in literature.
How do contemporary poets envision their role in the public life of a postcolony? This is not a question of social value but of social relations. In what ways does poetry mediate the discourses which, in part, inform the coherency of any public?
From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.
The modernist period is characterized by national upheavals, from the Mexican Revolution, to the Russian Revolutions, to the controversial peace settlements of 1919, and the crises leading up to the Second World War. Modernist artists, writers and filmakers engaged with, and responded to these upheavals, adapting their media to narrate new kinds of national belonging and new versions of the national story. Exploring the connections between nation, narration, and revolution in its broadest sense, this panel seeks to bring together a variety of examples of modernist reactions to geopolitical upheaval.