HAWTHORNE AND MILTON
Connections sought include images of nation; uses of bible and classical mythology; representations of gender and sexuality; race and racism; aesthetic theory; early and later careers. 250 word abstracts by 1 March 2015 via e-mail to David Greven (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ann Baynes Coiro (email@example.com).
HAWTHORNE AND MILTON
Papers invited on all topics related to John Milton. Full 18-minute papers or 500-word abstracts by March 9, 2015 to Stephen M. Fallon. Session sponsored by the Milton Society of America.
Verge: Studies in Global Asias is a new journal that includes scholarship from scholars in both Asian and Asian American Studies. These two fields have traditionally defined themselves in opposition to one another, with the former focused on an area-studies, nationally and politically oriented approach, and the latter emphasizing epistemological categories, including ethnicity and citizenship, that drew mainly on the history of the United States. The past decade however has seen a series of rapprochements in which, for instance, categories "belonging" to Asian American Studies (ethnicity, race, diaspora) have been applied with increasing success to studies of Asia.
Seeking submissions for a special session for the 2016 Austin MLA convention. Tentative title "Jewish/Islamic Relations in Literature and Culture." Papers may consider any aspect of Judeo-Islamic relations in literature, culture, rhetoric, film, new media, etc. I would like to put together a panel that considers a range of perspectives, texts, and/or historical periods.
300 word proposals and CVs should be sent to Lindsay Dearinger. Deadline is March 15, 2015. Questions welcome.
The official CFP can be viewed here:
http://www.mla.org/cfp_detail_7791 (requires MLA login)
The conference has two (not necessarily related) topics: sermon studies and names (onomastics), both as features of literary tradition. Details are on the website of the Christian Literary Studies Group, http://www.clsg.org/html/conference.html
Papers should have a reading time of 25 minutes and be of a standard suitable for publication subsequently in The Glass. Preference is given to contributions exploring Christian and Biblical themes in literature.
Young Adult Literature
Session Coordinator: Dr. Amberyl Malkovich
Dept. of English, Concord University
"Through Opposition and Commonality: The Role and Depiction of the Arts and Sciences in Young Adult Literature"
With an increasing interest for a globalized and diverse society, the quest for an authentic self is more readily apparent and therefore further conflates the problem of representation. Globalization expands beyond social media and encroaches on the realms of the public and private spheres. However, the process of authenticity only further stabilizes potentially harmful ideologies that promote illusions of truth. In some instances, language (literature), film, and art, because of their figurative element, expose the artificiality of representation and engage the issue of authenticity. How are certain claims to truth (authenticity/referentiality) formulated, regulated, and destabilized through representation in literature, film, and art?
We are inviting proposals for a possible special session that asks how African-American writers and artists—from the end of the U.S. Civil war through the end of World War I—revised, re-mixed, and rejected popular images of Blackness in their struggle to shape alternative modes of seeing and being seen.
Indeed, the ubiquity of visual images representing Black people and Black life that followed the rise of mechanically reproducible visual technologies—from the lithographic print to the stereographic view—created a contesting set of visual archives that both reified and rejected the types of denigrating images made popular on the minstrel stage and in the uneven visual representations of the anti-slavery movement.
"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence."
― Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978
"When we (as readers) fill in the gaps that the writer has peppered throughout the book, we form a meaningful bond with the book. We are not just pulling information from it; we're participating in a reciprocal relationship, creating and deriving meaning in an extravaganza of interpretation."
— Wolfgang Iser, Prospecting: From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology
Studies in the Literary Imagination (SLI), a publication of the Department of English, Georgia State University, is accepting "Special Topic" proposals for future issues of the journal. I wish to submit a proposal for a Special Topics issue on the literary works of Ernest J. Gaines. As you know, Gaines, at age 82, is a literary icon, still writing and living in the great state of Louisiana. From his first published short story, "The Turtles" (1956), to the 2006 publication of "Mozart and Leadbelly," he has not wavered from his love of all things "Point Coupee" and the memory of life on the plantation of his birth in 1933.