Formerly known as the "Edith Wharton Essay Prize," this award, instituted in the fall of 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar: advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years. The winning and second-place essays will be submitted for review and possible publication to the Editorial Board of The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography and soon to be published by Penn State University Press. The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250.
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers addressing Wharton's relationship to the fin de siècle. Presentations might address Wharton's engagements with decadence, aestheticism, realism and/or naturalism, the bachelor dandy, the femme fatale, the New Woman, degeneration, vampirism, hysteria, art nouveau, other fin-de-siècle writers, and so on. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bio to Emily Orlando at email@example.com by 15 March 2015. At the time of the conference, all panelists must be members of the Edith Wharton Society.
The Executive Committee on Language Change at the Modern Language Association (MLA) is accepting papers for a session to be held at the annual conference in January 2016 in Austin. We seek papers that examine how language change relates to linguistic identity construction and crossing borderlands (geographical, political, ethnic, social, perceptual, historical, religious). Papers that address the theoretical and empirical relevance of the concept of border to research in language variation and change from interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome. Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15 to Tara Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Though the chick lit genre is most often cited as a location for the study of contemporary white women's experiences or perhaps to debate the genre's feminist credentials, it has in the last fifteen years emerged as a site where protagonists of many ethnicities negotiate their cultural identities and notions of national belonging. In novels such as Alisa Valdes Rodriguez's The Dirty Girls Social Club (2003) or Tara FT Sering's Amazing Grace (2008), Latina, African-American, South Asian-American, and Chinese-American protagonists redefine their relationship to the United States, their families, and their heritage while at the same time they attempt to achieve, in typical chick lit fashion, some measure of success.
In Asian Countries, English is seen very much as the language of business, not as the language of expressing their ideas in creative writing piece. Therefore, creative writing skill is a challenge for most non-native speakers of English to master as it not only becomes an arduous task when they need to begin their creative writing piece but the writing process is also more complicated, involving a series of forward and backward movements between the writer's ideas and the manner of expressing thoughts; both require a high level of their language control as well as creativity.
"More than Writing: Narratives" Graduate Conference
Department of English Graduate Student Conference
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Centennial Student Union
The third annual English Department graduate student conference is a collaborative symposium focused on narratives across all English-focused academic disciplines. This conference will also include Q&A sessions with working professionals from the community who are represented both inside and outside of academia. The conference committee requests presentations from scholars across all English programs including Creative Writing, English Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching Writing, and Technical Communication.
Conference papers invited to explore the literary, cultural, and theoretical aspects of food and feasting in traditional outlaw narratives, or texts that have characters who are outsiders, tricksters, transgressors, or marginals. This session will consider the presence and function of food and feast in texts (broadly defined), with an eye to considering whether and how instances of food preparation and eating can be said to display, to develop, or to subvert the conventional ideas of community and fellowship most commonly associated with foods and feasts. This session encourages papers that examine post-medieval texts, cultures, and practices, especially Australian, Native American, Pan-American, and Eastern.
The University of North Texas Graduate Students in English Association (GSEA) invites submissions for its annual graduate student conference, to be held March 27-28, 2015. The GSEA welcomes submissions on a variety of topics related to literary criticism, literary theory, cultural studies, material criticism, composition and rhetoric, technical communication, English pedagogy, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Papers/readings should last no more than 15 minutes.
We encourage authors to submit individual paper proposals as well as proposals for panels of three related presentations.