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Literary Rape Culture (MLA 2015 Vancouver January 8-11)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 8:48am
full name / name of organization: 
Sonya Brockman / University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Lucretia. Philomela. Lavinia. Clarissa. Tess. Jennifer.

Sex and violence have been intertwined throughout literary history. Why is rape such a significant part of so much literature and art? For this MLA Special Session we invite papers that take on questions of rape culture literary texts and popular culture throughout history. Please submit abstracts of 300-word abstracts by 7 March 2014 to Sonya L. Brockman (slbrockm@uncc.edu).

Texts and Contexts Critical Companion to World Literatures in English

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 3:28am
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Department of English, Higher Teachers' Training College, The University of Maroua, Cameroon

Eminent African critic and novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has noted that "literature is given impetus, shape, direction and even area of concern by social, political and economic forces in a particular society", while Doreathea Drummond Mbalia has concurred by noting that "from a materialist perspective, literature is a product of the society in which it is produced, arising from and dependent on the material conditions of the society". This explains why works of fiction usually serve as windows into the societies from which they emanate. New Historicists and cultural materialists have emphasized over and over again the interplay between literature and the society.

Deviance in Culture and Society (journal; manuscript submissions due 3/14/14)

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:20pm
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PROTEUS: A Journal of Ideas
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Proteus: A Journal of Ideas seeks submissions for our upcoming issue, "Deviance in Culture and Society." We are soliciting articles and creative works from a wide range of disciplines that reflect upon the issue's theme. We are looking for broad theoretical inquiries, individual case studies, and traditional scholarly articles related to the theme. Additionally, we strongly encourage submissions of theme-related photographs, poetry, and creative writing.

Proteus is a refereed, open access online journal that has been published continuously for more than twenty-five years and has featured the work of leading international scholars and commentators.

"Women's Voices in Poetry," 2014 RMMLA Convention, Boise, Idaho, October 9-11, 2014

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:55am
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Ruth Oldman / Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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This session invites proposals that address any aspect of women's voices in poetry to be delivered at the 2014 RMMLA Convention in Boise, Idaho, 9-11 October 2014. Topics that could be explored, but are certainly not limited to:

• How women poets address patriarchy.
• Social versus private poetry.
• Constructions of race, sexuality, and gender.
• Relationships (e.g. reader-writer, mother, lover, with self) or rejection of relationships.
• Oppression and its manifestations.

[UPDATE] 15 March 2014: "Sex in Context" Volume 1, Issue 2 of "Text in Context: A Graduate Student Journal"

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 9:04am
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Text in Context: A Graduate Student Journal, Southern Connecticut State University

Extended deadline: March 15, 2014

Volume 1, Issue 2 will feature a selection of papers devoted to "Sex in Context." Papers submitted to "Sex in Context" should explore the role of sex and/or sexuality in texts. Some potential questions papers may address include, but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] CFP Excursions Vol. 5 No. 1 "Boundaries" Deadline: 3 March 2014

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 7:16am
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University of Sussex

Excursions Vol. 5 No. 1 "Boundaries"

'To be inside and outside a position at the same time – to occupy a territory while loitering sceptically on the boundary – is often where the most intensely creative ideas stem from. It is a resourceful place to be, if not always a painless one.' - Terry Eagleton

"Perchance to Dream": Sleep and Related Phenomena in English Literature

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 4:06pm
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University of Bristol
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First Call for Papers
"Perchance to Dream": Sleep and Related Phenomena in English Literature Department of English, University of Bristol
Half-Day Conference, Wednesday May 7th 2014

Plenary Speaker: Professor Garrett Sullivan, Penn State University

From Medieval Dream Allegory to the lexical recreation of the subconscious mind in Finnegan's Wake, literature has often explored the subject of sleep and its related phenomena. This conference aims to consider the many and diverse representations of sleep within English literature, and to explore the ways in which writers respond to this still largely mysterious biological necessity.

May 2-4, 2014: Two Noble Kinsmen Symposium [Deadline March 10]

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 9:55am
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Xavier University and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
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The Two Noble Kinsmen: Text, Sources, Performance, and Pedagogy
A Symposium at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)
May 2-4, 2014

In conjunction with The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's completion of the canon, this symposium celebrates Shakespeare and Fletcher's co-authored tragicomedy, The Two Noble Kinsmen. Participants will hear a lecture by Brian Isaac Philips (Producing Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Director of The Two Noble Kinsmen), attend a performance of the play, and enjoy a private, post-performance Q & A with the actors.

2014 The 5th International Conference on Translation and Cross-Culture, deadline March 2, 2014

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:10am
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Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Ours is an era of translation and cross-culture. Transportation and telecommunication technology have helped shorten the distance and increase contact between person and person, nation and nation. Spatial "movement" through travel, tourism, migration, diaspora, and communication facilitates the "interaction" between "the (individual/collective/national) self" and "the other/other culture." Such "movement" and "interaction" depend much on linguistic and cultural translation to keep on "activation," continuously negotiating, realizing, and vitalizing ideas so as to renew and open up multicultural space.

CFP for the Journal of Cross-cultural Studies, Vol.1 No.11, deadline March. 31, 2014

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:07am
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Center for Cross-cultural Studies of National Chengchi University, Taiwan

ross-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 publications. The journal has been devoted to offering inter-disciplinary perspectives on cultural/cross-cultural issues and engaging in academic discussions since 2008. For more information about the journal, please visit the website as follows:

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