Though many modern scholars place the invention of the novel in the 18th century, the genre arose much earlier. Early Modern works such as those by Sidney, Rabelais, and Cervantes may be classified as novels. However, the genre has its origins in the ancient Greek and Roman novels of the second and third centuries. While these works are often forgotten in the present day, they were translated during the Renaissance and were among the most widely read texts of the Early Modern period. Their popularity stemmed from their content and their structures, as they synthesized and examined several genres in a single prose work. As a result, echoes of the ancient novel are present in Renaissance romance, satire, poetry, and theatre.
While early modern writers sought “the perfect perfection of poesy” (to borrow the words of William Webbe), forms of imperfection have become central to our understanding of the period and its literary accomplishments. Scholars have lately looked to categories such as eccentricity, errancy, and incoherence as they have tried to understand the rise of English vernacular eloquence and the distinction of poetic making over the course of the early modern period.
This session invites submissions of paper proposals on plays and/or performances under the broad category of modern drama. Comparative Drama as well as Drama in English papers are welcome. Papers on SAMLA's conference theme--Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?--will be given special consideration.
By May 31, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This panel proposes to explore English Civil War writing outside of its traditionally historical and male-focused frames. Research by Diane Purkiss, Mihoko Suzuki, and Susan Wiseman draws attention to gendered ways of understanding history and politics in the literatures of the Civil Wars, but there remain many more “areas of excess and gaps and silences where unreason flourishes” (Purkiss 4) that have yet to be explored.
This session explores the emergent field of digital narratives with a focus on productions originated in Latin America; the panel will also analyze digital works produced by Latin@s in the United States. As the scholarship of élika Ortega, Scott Weintraub, Luis Correa-Díaz, Osvaldo Cleger, Carolina Gaínza, and Phillip Penix-Tadsen thoroughly demonstrate, Latin America is currently having an avant-garde role in the production of digital narratives in cyberspace. Interactive novels and poems, as well as online artistic platforms and the creation of video games count among the wide range of cultural artifacts produced in the region to be shared in cyberspace.
This session aims to gather scientists, people in the professions (Business, Social Work, etc), and scholars in the Humanities to discuss the value of a formation in the Humanities for their specific fields. The debate aims to explore how careers in the Humanities (Languages, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, etc.) inform current trends and concrete needs in the sciences, and the professions.
Paper Title: 100 words max.
Paper Abstract: 300 words max.
Submit online: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html
This session aims to further a scholarly debate on the reality of multilingualism and multiculturalism in the United States in the context of a globalized market led by the United States. The tragic events of 9/11 brought to the public discussion the United States’ inability to communicate with and comprehend other cultures and other languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged even at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise.
The popular HBO TV series, The Wire (2002-2008), created and mainly written by former Baltimore police reporter David Simons, comprehends over 60 episodes broadcast in 5 seasons. The TV series has been addressed by main newspapers such as The New York Times, and The Guardian (UK). Pop culture media have rated it as “the best show ever broadcast on American television” (Slate), “the greatest TV drama of the past 25 years” (Vulture), “the greatest TV show of all time” (Complex, Pop Culture).
The editors of a new book on cinema from the suburbs seek a chapter relating to film and architecture in the suburbs, or cinema and the industry of cinema in the suburbs, or a related topic.
This book is already contracted and due for completion in the next few months, so a chapter that is already written or draws from research already undertaken would be most likely, but all ideas are welcome
The Editors can be contacted at email@example.com
This year marks 10 years since the untimely death of Octavia Butler. It is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Patternmaster. Butler was a pioneer in science fiction writing with her groundbreaking integration of race, sexual politics, and religion with traditional elements of the genre. This panel aims to celebrate Butler’s life and works by presenting on a variety of topics, particularly the conference’s theme of Utopia/Dystopia. Other possible paper topics include a pedagogical study of Butler’s work, a theological approach to Butler’s most celebrated works (Kindred and the Parable series), and an analysis of Butler’s treatment of space and migration throughout her oeuvre.
CFP: Subversive Masculinity
An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference:
Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television
October 26-October 30, 2016
The Milwaukee Hilton
Milwaukee, WI (USA)
DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016
AREA: Subversive Masculinity
Cinematic Codes Review and Pennsylvania Literary Journal are both accepting general submissions for their three annual issues, with deadlines in April, July, and November.
George IV fined Leigh Hunt, the Editor, £100 for publishing Lord Byron’s anonymous satire, “The Vision of Judgment,” in their new independent journal, “The Liberal,” about George III not exactly having gone to heaven in 1823. Earlier, on September 3, 1811, Byron wrote in a letter to Hodgson, a friend, “I will have nothing to do with your immortality; we are miserable enough in this life, without the absurdity of speculating upon another. If men are to live, why die at all? And if they die, why disturb the sweet and sound sleep that ‘knows no waking’?...
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
26th Annual Conference
November 3-5, 2016
Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Hotel
Call for papers:
Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.
Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Thursday, June 30, 2016.
I am seeking contributions for a collection of essays on James Boswell that focuses on those writings in his literary career that have attracted little critical attention, work he published in newspapers, magazines, and pamphlets. Potential contributors could focus on, but are certainly not limited to: his magazine columns, the miscellaneous poetry that appeared in the periodical press; and writing he intended to publish in the periodical press but didn’t. Proposals on his books that address topical subjects (which would include his books on Corsica and the Douglas Cause) would be of interest, as would his relations with the press and/or its editors.