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"The readerly" / FPC 12 / 25 June 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:17pm
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Formes Poetiques Contemporaines
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Formes Poétiques Contemporaines


Recently we have talked a great deal of unreadability, it seemed time to revisit the optimistic side of the question…

- Here we approach, I tell my teacher, a considerable objection that I want to put to you…Obscurity!

- It is, indeed, equally dangerous, he answers me, whether obscurity derives from the deficiencies of the reader, or those of the poet… but to elude the task altogether would be cheating.

--Stéphane Mallarmé, "An Interview with Jules Huret," 1891

Essay Collection: Shakespeare's Queens

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 2:47pm
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Kavita Mudan Finn & Valerie Schutte

We are seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focused on queens and queenship in the plays of William Shakespeare. Although there have been many individual studies of how queens in early modern drama reflect and refract the image of Elizabeth I, this volume will primarily concern queens as characters and as theatrical constructs. The collection will be submitted to the "Queenship and Power" series (Palgrave Macmillan) edited by Charles Beem and Carole Levin, with planned publication for late 2017/early 2018.

The Recluse in American Literature (proposed special session for MLA 2017)

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:54am
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Matthew Mosher

This panel seeks papers on reclusive figures in American literature, with a particular emphasis on how such figures represent, reproduce, and/or contest dominant cultural paradigms of individuality and sociality. All periods and critical approaches are welcome. Please send an abstract of 150-300 words and a brief biographical statement by March 15, 2016.

Note: This is a proposed special session for the 2017 MLA Convention; its acceptance is not guaranteed.

Fictionality in representations of Japan and Europe from a cross-cultural perspective

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 6:24am
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Mutual Images
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For the fourth Mutual Images workshop, we seek to explore the dynamic relations between Japan and Europe through the notion of fictionality. These past decades, the growth of cultural exchanges has created new opportunities of fictionalization between European and Japanese. Far from being restrained to its definition as a genre, Fictionality has become a key element in our contemporary society. Whether it is in entertainment media (novel, manga, video games, movies and other forms of current entertainment), Art (photography, painting), or even our perception of the other, the self, and reality, fictionality is present in our everyday life.

The Far Side of English: New Gothic and Science-Fiction Monsters (May 3-4, 2016)

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 1:25am
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Chris Angelis/ University of Tampere
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Ever since Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Gothic and Science Fiction have been moving in parallel ways – Brian Aldiss refers to the latter as characteristically cast in the Gothic or post-Gothic mode. Both the Gothic and Science Fiction are replete with allegories and metaphors about the human condition, particularly in topics that are considered taboo, such as ethnicity/"race", the origin and eventual fate of life, or the human place in the cosmos. Both in the Gothic and in Science Fiction, to understand the monster lurking in the shadowy forest or the alien crawling on the space station, is to understand one's self.

Call for Abstract - Exploring Teen Wolf - April 1, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 11:05pm
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McFarland Press
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Looking for papers for an essay collection on the MTV television show Teen Wolf, with an emphasis on the most recent seasons. This volume aims to discuss Teen Wolf in the context of popular and literary culture, historical analysis, and academic theory, though other approaches are also welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- Monstrosity and/or Hybridity
- Fandom
- Adolescence
- Personal Transformation
- Genre Transformation and/or Subversion
- Gender
- Race
- Heroism and/or Villainy
- History and Memory
- Power

David Bowie Interart | text | media 22-24 September 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:16pm
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ULICES-University of English Centre for English Studies

Date: 22-24 September 2016

Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa | School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

Organisation: CEAUL/ULICES – Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa | University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies

-Death, Violence, and Religion in Nineteenth Century American Fiction

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 6:37pm
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MLA 2017
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We invite submissions focusing on representations of death and/or violence in U.S. religiously inflected fictions of the nineteenth century.

Essays might examine consider, for example:

· the ways authors associated with religious traditions have embraced or rejected imagery commonly associated with death and/or violence

· the kinds of spaces in which violence and/or death are figured

· death and/or violence as metaphors for religious experience

· the rhetorical strategies deployed to use religion as a justification for sectional, racial, and territorial violence

[Re]Defining Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 4:20pm
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College of Liberal Arts/Jackson State University
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The College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University invites proposals from scholars on all topics related to"[Re]Defining Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century."

The purpose of this first conference, scheduled for October 6-8, 2016, is to explore the reasons Liberal Arts disciplines are undervalued by students, parents, and others and to examine how we might [re]define or reframe our roles in an increasingly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary academic world in which job preparedness appears to be the goal of higher education rather than critical and analytical thinking and writing. At the conference, we will also discuss the role of and need for a conference on the liberal arts and how we might move forward.

LCA XVI, September 26 - 29, 2016, Charleston, SC

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 2:35pm
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American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA)
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The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) is accepting submissions for special sessions, oral and poster abstracts, and student posters to be presented at LCA XVI at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC September 27 – 29, 2016.

Deadline for special session submission deadline: May 3, 2016
Deadline for abstract submission: May 17, 2016
Deadline for student poster* submission: May 17, 2016

For more information, please visit or contact

Teaching Graphic Narratives

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:00pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Conference
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This year's conference theme, "Border States," provides the perfect starting point for discussions of both the "borderlands" of teaching graphic narratives and the teaching of graphic narratives that explore border states and boundaries. Please send 250-word abstracts (including name and institutional affiliation as well as any audio-visual needs) to Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw at by April 5th, 2016.