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NeMLA 2015: Unexpected Affect in Shakespearean Drama

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 4:59pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel will explore the ways in which Shakespearean drama delivers emotional intensity (passions, affectations, embodiment, etc.) in unexpected places. When might certain emotional reactions be surprising in Shakespeare's plays? Are there particular characters that share their feelings unexpectedly, yet with astonishing resonance?

The significance of this session is to explore whether, after four centuries of exposure, these can still be capable of emotionally shocking. In today's academic climate, do Shakespeare's words have the potential to be so emotionally disturbing that students might/can/should expect a "trigger warning" on syllabi?

Lydgate and London at Kalamazoo 2015

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:28pm
Lydgate Society

The session proposes to trace Lydgate's importance as a poet of the city. Within the space between social classes and their respective expectations, Lydgate's poetry traced the outline of London: the urban heart of England and the moral mirror of its people. Lydgate was not just a court poet, but a civic poet – a poet whose writings shaped the public sentiments of London's people, mediated between the desires of the aristocracy and the power of the citizenry, and, in doing so, articulated the experience of London life.

Cross-cultural Studies Call for Papers Vol. 1, No.12 (Deadline: September 15th, 2014.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:32am
The Center for Cross-cultural Studies (CFCS), NCCU

Cross-cultural Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal published by Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, and has been indexed in the THCI (Taiwan Humanities Citation Index). It is published biannually and covers Chinese and English articles. The journal has been devoted to offering inter-disciplinary perspectives on cultural/cross-cultural issues and promoting academic engagements since 2008.

California State University Shakespeare Symposium (April 30th-May 1st, 2015)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 7:39pm
California State University, Stanislaus

The symposium committee invites proposals for papers and presentations on any aspect of the works of William Shakespeare. We are currently accepting submissions on a wide range of topics, discipline-specific or interdisciplinary, authored by faculty, graduates, and undergraduates. General topics may include, but are not limited to, Shakespeare and early modern culture; Shakespeare's influence on or appropriation by contemporary culture; Shakespeare on film or television; digital Shakespeare; Shakespearean sources or adaptations; aesthetic approaches to Shakespeare's work; the Shakespearean stage; Shakespeare in performance; teaching Shakespeare; Shakespeare in the high school classroom.

[UPDATE] Teaching College Literature (ongoing)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:54pm
Renee Pigeon, Teaching College Literature (TCL)

Have you taught a terrific literature class recently? Contributions are solicited for Teaching College Literature, a web resource focused on teaching English literature at the college/university level.
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Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre (Augsburg, Germany, Oct 1-3, 2015)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:39pm
University of Augsburg, Germany

Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre
International Conference, Augsburg, October 1-3, 2015

When Polonius, in the second act of Hamlet, announces the theater company as the "best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited," he points to several problems that have pervaded scholarship on poetry and genre.

CFP: Poetry and the Unfinished (abstracts due 9/30/2014)

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 3:50pm
2015 NeMLA-Toronto, 4/30/15-5/3/15

We are seeking papers that explore the hermeneutic challenges and opportunities of studying poetry that is unfinished, unauthorized, or in some other way insufficient and not considered worthy of critical attention. We hope to gain insight from works that deprive us as readers of some of the basic elements upon which we often rely when working with a published scholarly edition, thus reconsidering fundamentally how we read poetry, and indeed, literature in general. Topics might include works that are incomplete, have competing versions, or lack a definitive edition; works whose authorship or date is unknown; works that do not fit neatly into a national or linguistic tradition.

Ivory Towers and Grain Silos: Place, Privilege, and Power October 24-25, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:52am
English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta, Western Illinois University

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta chapter of Western Illinois University is currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals from graduate and undergraduate students for our eleventh annual conference in Macomb, IL on October 24– October 25, 2014.

Editing the Future of the Middle Ages: Some Speculative Emendations

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 4:34pm
The Medieval Colloquium at The University of Virginia

Emendation has become a dirty word in the study of medieval texts. Especially when modified by "speculative." Best Text editors following on the work of Joseph Bédier reject virtually all emendation as ahistorical and despite a century of advances in textual criticism, the extended controversies regarding George T. Kane and E. Talbot Donaldson's editions of Piers Plowman bear witness to the persistent unease brought on by "speculation." This panel invites papers that rethink the nature of emendation in the broadest terms. We hope that papers will use a historical crux--be it textual, bibliographic or hermeneutic--to think about wider issues relating to the future of the study of medieval culture.

Anthology of essays on A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:33pm
The Early Modern Project

This is a call for an anthology of essays on A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Topics may include:

• A Midsummer Night's Dream and Vedanta.
• A Midsummer Night's Dream and Carl Jung.
• A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Tantras.
• A Midsummer Night's Dream and Plato.

Anthology of essays on Hamlet

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:55pm
The Early Modern Project

This is a call for an anthology of essays on Hamlet.

Topics may include the following:

• Hamlet and paganism, including Wicca.
• Hamlet and Christian theologies.
• Hamlet and Hinduism, including Vedanta.
• Hamlet and spirituality.
• Hamlet and cosmologies.