A multidisciplinary research focusing on the complex interrelationship of music and literature has expanded rapidly in the recent years. There are numerous examples in European and American literatures, both in poetry and prose, where music plays a vital rolе (Leo Tolstoy, Chekhov, Proust, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, George Eliot, Henry James, and many others), and while there has been many published studies focusing on the formal relationship between the sister arts of music and literature (Steven Paul Scher “Literature and Music,” Werner Woft “The Musicalization of Fiction,” Delia de Souza Correa “George Eliot, Music and Victorian Culture”), there has not been much research focused specifically on music or musical performance within the text.
The topic of this seminar is the presence of the “chicas raras” in Modern Spanish literature, also known as “queer women” in English. Queer is the perfect conceptual framework to think about how Spanish authors explore feminist themes, such as discrimination or inequality using their narratives as a tool to examine tensions in female subjectivity. The concept queer includes the idea of gender dissidence that encompasses how female intellectuals experience sex, sexuality and, gender. Even if oftentimes these writers have difficulties conceptualizing these notions, they are perceptible in women narratives, especially through specific genres: autobiography, memoir, romance fiction and letters.
Workshops of Horrible Creation: 200 Years of Imagined Humans
International Conference and Workshop on Science Fiction
Organized by the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of English, Jadavpur University,
and Kalpabishwa Webzine
22-24 November 2018
This year marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. To commemorate this occasion, the Department of English, Jadavpur University and the Kalpabishwa Webzine collective are co-hosting an international conference and workshop on SF. The conference will feature:
The editors of the journal Dante e l’arte welcome submissions for its fifth issue devoted to Dante and Blake.
This panel invites proposals that offer new historical or theoretical perspectives on disease and health during the eighteenth century. We are especially interested in papers that seek to explore eighteenth-century texts in the context of the medical humanities and that view health and disease in the context of theoretical and historical work in ecological studies, animal studies, disability studies, or the new materialisms.
Please submit abstracts to Annika Mann (Annika.Mann@asu.edu) on or before September 15, 2018.
The classical-romantic debate (1816-1826) was a crucial moment for the definition of modern Italian literature. Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi and Alessandro Manzoni, while taking part in the discussion, express some of the key aspects of their poetics. These three authors, some of the most important in Italian literature, were deeply influenced by the debate; at the same time, they claimed their original positions, which are not completely identifiable as either Classicist or Romantic. Indeed, sometimes scholars have, for example, unduly classified Leopardi as a Romantic, even though he thought of himself as a Classicist.
A conference on nineteenth-century literature, art, and history to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa, co-sponsored by the University of California Dickens Project: https://mapping.sites.ucsc.edu
NeMLA 50th Annual Convention
March 21-24, 2019
This panel will explore the changing sense of British identity for writers of the Romantic period. Papers are invited that consider the ways in which such writers as Lord Byron in Italy and Greece, Mary Shelley in Italy, William Wordsworth in France, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Germany may have developed new conceptions of themselves beyond their status as British subjects and revealed those conceptions in their writings of the period. Discussion of lesser known writers of the period is certainly encouraged.
Papers are invited on any theme arising from the novel. We especially welcome papers investigating the novel and its adaptations in any medium that focus on contrasting perspectives and discourses of the quest for the origin, meaning and purpose of life. This is an invitation for posters, 20-minute papers or alternative/experimental presentations. Place and dates of symposium: University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 30 November-1 December 2018. Deadline for proposals 01 October 2018. Please send 200 word proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This panel proposes to bring together scholars whose work combines ecocriticism and cognitivist approaches to literature for the purpose of considering the potential of the ongoing dialogue between these two fields. Ecocriticism typically looks at how environment is represented and how humans can create an optimal relationship with the non-human world. Cognitive science is generally interested in how humans represent concepts to ourselves and how we make meaning out of those concepts. An understanding of the mind is essential to an understanding of humankind’s relationship to and perception of the non-human environment.