A conference about commentaries and the histories of sexuality and gender.
The first textbook definition of the concept of poetic justice goes back to Thomas Rymer's The Tragedies of the Last Age Consider'd (1678). According to him, the term signified "the distribution, at the end of a literary work, of earthly rewards and punishments in proportion to the virtue or vice of the various characters" (Abrams, Glossary of Literary Terms 299-300). The introduction of virtue and vice into the concept immediately refers to a moral dimen-sion; on aesthetic grounds, however, it was soon (and has continued to be) criticized.
Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.
The AnaChronisT 18 invites research papers, interviews, and book reviews on literatures in English for its next issue, to be published in 2014. Papers are to be sent to The AnaChronisT (Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, H–1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5.) by Friday, 25 April 2014. Note that this is an extended deadline.
The AnaChronisT http://seas3.elte.hu/anachronist/ welcomes submissions by graduate and doctoral students as well as academics. The requirements of application are as follows:
- one hard copy of the essay sent to the above address;
Special session proposal for MLA2015: What is the place of "mind" in literary history? How might intellectual histories of cognition illuminate questions of period, genre, and textuality? Submissions from all periods and methodologies welcome.
300-word abstract & bio by 15 March 2014 to joshua.gang [at] utoronto.ca
EXTENDED Submission Date
What is "cultural work" is performed by Africa in the transatlantic/transnational literary imagination? This proposed special session for MLA 2015 (Vancouver) considers Africa as a site of memory, with an emphasis on new approaches to Anglophone travel narratives to/in Africa. 250 word abstract and CV by 15 March 2014.
Call for Papers: MCEA Conference, Friday October 24, 2014, and Saturday October 25, 2014
Theme: Voice and Empowerment
Saturday Luncheon Speaker: Fiction Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell
Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also want our students to hear the different voices of others in their classrooms and cities and in literature. Working in a culture that often has an anti-intellectual bias, how can we find our own voices and empower ourselves? We welcome scholarly papers and creative writing about the topics below.
Explicit reference to actual literary texts, songs, films, or art that become sites of memory within fictional works from any period. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014
Interpreting the act of writing as one of (re)invention and (re)constitution
equips burgeoning critics and creative writers to engage the written word along the axes of power, politics, and persuasion.
The 2014 UNT Critical Voices Conference, which will take place on March 22, 2014, invites critical and creative pieces that both celebrate
and challenge the canonical, historical, and/or political structures with which authors have interacted for centuries.
Authors may submit an abstract of 200-500 words (for
a piece of literary/cultural criticism) or an excerpt (for a creative piece to UNTCriticalVoices@gmail.com
University of British Columbia Okanagan IGS Graduate Studies Conference 2014 May 2 – 3, 2014
Rethinking Sustainability: New Critical and Cultural Horizons
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, University of Northern British Columbia
Literary critic Robert Tally has identified what he calls a "turn to the spatial" in humanistic inquiry over the past generation. The insights of spatial theorists like Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Bertrand Westphal, as well as those of radical geographers like Doreen Massey, Edward Soja, David Harvey, and Yi-Fu Tuan have altered how literary critics speak about the idea of "space" in relation to literary production. The "turn to the spatial" has been particularly embraced by those who work on literature in an era of the internet and globalization in which our very understanding of how space is experienced is so radically different.
"Early Ecocriticism: Environments in Medieval and Early Modern Literature"
68th RMMLA Convention, Boise, Idaho (Oct. 9-11, 2014)
Dr. Peter Remien,
Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, Idaho)
Religion after War
From the Crusades to Afghanistan, from the Bhagavad-Gita to Wiesel's Night--papers welcomed on how wartime experiences have led to literary expressions of religious doubt, affirmation, and exploration. Abstract/CV by 15 March 2014; Liam Corley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Panel sponsored by MLA Division on Literature and Religion.
Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.