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.
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)
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?
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?
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.
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.
We are seeking participants for a proposed panel on the staging of unemployment for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2016 conference in Chicago, IL.
Bodies Out of Work: Staging the Experience of Unemployment
In considering this year's conference theme of "bodies at work," we must simultaneously reconcile the precarity of contemporary labor: "bodies at work" also occur alongside "bodies out of work." Moreover, the un- and under-employed body has increasingly garnered attention in both performance and academic circles via discourses of faculty adjunctification, the limits of non-profit funding models in supporting theatre-making, and the shifting landscape of labor in both classrooms and on stages.
The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.
Politicizing Technicity, or Re-Feeling the Post-Human
Two Panel Call For Papers at the 2016 Irish Association for American Studies/British Association of American Studies Conference at Queen's University, Belfast (7-9 April 2016)
Border Crossings and Revolutions