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CFP [UPDATE] - Visionary Texts, Past and Present: (Re)visionings and (Re)imaginings

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:26am
Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought

"The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and reimagines the world." — Malcolm Gladwell

"It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is." — Aldous Huxley

Philosophers, poets, and artists in every era have revisioned and reimagined the world in ways that have inspired historical transformations. Visionary texts – whether they reach proleptically into an imagined future, analeptically reconsider the past, or urgently re-envision the present – have offered us alternative possibilities of understanding who and where we are.

Papers on Language and Literature: Call for Special Issue Proposals

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:10am
PLL: Papers on Language and Literature

Papers on Language and Literature is seeking proposals for special issues on subjects including but not limited to

Digital Humanities

Film

Literary Translation

Print Culture

PLL is a generalist publication that is committed to publishing work on a variety of literatures, languages, and chronological periods. We accept proposals year-round. We are a quarterly and expect to publish a special issue once a year, every year. The specific volume and issue will be determined later, depending on the editors' schedule.

On the Footsteps of Dwarves: Different Readings of a Mythical Figure in Popular Culture (15.10.2015) [REMINDER]

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:47am
Dr. Feryal Cubukcu, Dr. Sabine Planka

Today more than ever fairy tales permeate pop culture, literature,
music, fine arts, opera, ballet and cinema. Speaking of the history of
stories and especially fairy-tales, we may say that the Pot of Soup, the
Cauldron of Story, has always been boiling for centuries. Dwarves have
always been a recurring image and a character from the fairy tales to
the novels.
Mythology itself presents dwarves not only as treasurekeepers and
remarkable workers, but calling them gnome, kobold, bogey, brownie or
leprechaun. Zealous, sharp and small in statue they are often shown as
counterparts to the inane giant. The possible dualistic arrangement

Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in English

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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:50pm
International Graduate Conference: Innovative Representations of ‘Utopias’ in Studies in English

The Centre for British Literary and Cultural Studies at Hacettepe University is pleased to announce its second graduate conference which this time will be held on an international ground, "Innovative Representations of 'Utopias' in Studies in English". We welcome academic proposals produced in English on British Literature/Culture, Commonwealth Literature/Culture, Irish Literature/Culture and American Literature/Culture from MA and PhD students enrolled in graduate programmes all over the world.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2016 Panel Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants Due 9/30

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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 1:46pm
Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)

Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended.

Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion (Volume of Collected Essays) [UPDATE]

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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:12am
The University of Alabama, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR A VOLUME OF COLLECTED ESSAYS

Women, Democracy, and the Ideology of Exclusion
From the Birth of Democracy through the Early 20th Century

Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers, The University of Alabama (Editor)
Katerina Kitsi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Co-Editor)

The Teaching of Literature across Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges: Comparative Perspectives @ACLA, Mar 17-20, 2016, Cambridge MA

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 1:41pm
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2016

Organizer: Dominique Zino, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

This seminar seeks to bring into conversation a range of faculty – tenured and tenure-track professors, adjunct lecturers, and graduate students – teaching at two-year and four-year institutions.

We will aim to discuss the following pedagogical questions: What ways of reading, writing, and thinking should students be introduced to in their first two years of college, especially if they plan to study literature at a four-year college or university? What do we value most as teachers of literature? What concepts, skills, or texts do we find most fundamental to helping students to read literature deeply and to apply it to other realms of learning?

Misremembering

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 1:02pm
Ameer Sohrawardy, Rutgers University

This is a collection of essays that will revolve around the idea of misremembering in literature. A diversity of approaches are welcome (eg: historicist, cognitive science, theories of temporality, narrative theory, animal studies.)

Several questions will guide the collection: What does it mean to 'misremember'? What does the 'mis' of 'misremembering' refer to? Something 'not remembered'? Something re-membered differently than the 'original' memory? What are the ontologies of misremembering?

[UPDATE] Queer Deviation: Complicating Heteronormative Endings in Early Modern Literature / NeMLA / Hartford, March 17-20, 2016

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 10:51am
Kelsey Norwood / NeMLA

Critical inquiry into early modern English literature over the last few decades has attended to a proliferation of heteronormative endings in literary texts. These appear, for example, in the form of dramas that end in socially acceptable marriages, such as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, or sonnet sequences like Sidney's Astrophil & Stella, in which a male protagonist is denied a happy ending because his interest lies with a woman who is already engaged or married to another man.

[UPDATE] ACLA 2016, Harvard: Images of Science in Literature

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:59pm
Catalina Florina Florescu, Pace University

This seminar investigates the views man has expressed about the impact of technology and science across recorded history. Questions that might be addressed include: What is the relationship between religion and technology? Has man always viewed technological innovations as positive? What relationship is there between man's vision of utopian society and technology? The seminar promotes awareness of the importance of literature in creating and maintaining the social, political, ethical and religious systems by which we live. The seminar also considers how humans have discussed the impact of technology and science on society. Suggested primary works may include, but are not limited to, T. More's Utopia; A.Huxley's Brave New World; H.

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