Identity is a complex, multi-faceted, often fragmented negotiation of social subjects and actors, yet it remains a central motif of human existence. While conscious creation of identity is more prevalent than ever, the emergence of mass social media also encourages the individual to create not only a self-identity, but an external presentation of that self, and alternate selves. On their Facebook timeline, blogs, Twitter, Instagram and more, individuals identify themselves, but also identify with relevant groups or trends by likes, hashtags, and pin it buttons. The "selfie" is the perfect materialization of this duality, as it produces an ephemeral identity struggling for greater recognition.
Call for papers – Variations 24 (2015)
Variations is the journal for comparative literary studies at the University of Zurich. It publishes contributions in three languages (German, French and English) and represents a forum for research that helps advance academic exchange in literary studies. Each issue gathers articles on a particular topic, followed by literary and artistic contributions, as well as reviews of recently published research in comparative literary studies.
In the beginning was the Word …
"The wonder opened up elsewhere. The things we don't do."
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth"
"Thanks to consciousness, am I not at all times elsewhere from where I am, always master of the other and capable of something else?"
Reading the Present through the Past
Forms and Trajectories of Neo-Historical Fiction
Call for Papers
One-day symposium, 4 March 2016
The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies
University of Amsterdam
The 23rd Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies International Graduate Conference
Keynote Speaker: Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
April 8, 2016
University of Rochester
The CSUN Department of English Annual Conference
ON: April 16-17, 2016
AT: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Sponsored by: The Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) and Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Honors Society (STDIC)
Archi-textuality: Explorations of text and writing in creative, historical, sociopolitical, pedagogical, and metaphysical spaces.
Associated Graduate Students of English and STDIC are seeking submissions for the CSUN Department of English Annual Conference. This year's conference will focus on the intersections of text and writing within creative, historical, sociopolitical, pedagogical, and metaphysical spaces.
MLA members—especially junior faculty and graduate students—are invited to meet with a journal editor to discuss their writing for academic publication. This is an invaluable opportunity to develop your scholarship by meeting with editors from some of the top journals in the discipline, including Contemporary Literature, Modernism/Modernity, MELUS, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Verge: Studies in Global Asias, among others.
Deadline extended to December 1, 2015
Organizing Committee: Padma Maitland (UC Berkeley); Christopher P. Miller (UC Berkeley); Marta Figlerowicz (Yale U); Hunter Dukes (U Cambridge); Hannah Rose Woods (U Cambridge).
We are soliciting abstracts for critical undergraduate essays on any topic relating to literature or composition. If accepted, completed papers should be readable in no more than 15 minutes. Now in its seventh year, New Critics represents a rare opportunity for undergraduates to present their work in a forum modeled on professional academic conferences and concluding with a keynote address by a notable scholar (previous speakers include Jonathan Culler and Daniel Mendelsohn). The deadline for abstract submission is March 4, 2016.
In the year of the four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1616-2016), the first issue of the journal Costellazioni will be devoted to Shakespearean drama, considered from a particular perspective that aims to analyze the role and function of the object in the texts, in stagings and in the critical reception of the works of the Elizabethan playwright.