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Craft Critique Culture: Bridging Divides (April 8-9, 2016: Iowa City, Iowa)

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:47pm
Kate Nesbit / Lydia Maunz-Breese / Heidi Renée Aijala (University of Iowa)

16th Annual Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference
April 8-9, 2016
Bridging Divides
University of Iowa

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections of critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year's conference will encourage an examination of the "inter" of interdisciplinary—as well as the construction and deconstruction of boundaries between and within academic, public, private, personal, critical, and creative discourses—through an inquiry into bridging divides.

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2016 Panel Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants Due 9/30

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 2:31pm
Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)

Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus' statement that "Laughter is a complete conception of the world." Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended.

[UPDATE] The Digital Nineteenth-Century Narrative, NeMLA 2016, Abstracts due SEPT. 30

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Monday, September 7, 2015 - 1:55pm
Bryn Gravitt, Tufts University

In recent years, the web has seen an explosion of digital interpretations of nineteenth-century texts. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries web series translates Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, via video diary, into an out-of-work grad student living with her family; "Texts From Jane Eyre" imagines how Jane would interact with Rochester and St. John via text message; David Copperfield has his own Facebook page; and there are at least four video games based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This session combines interests in nineteenth century, digital media, and cultural studies to investigate how we understand our current world through the lens of nineteenth-century characters and stories.

ACLA 2016: A Sense of Unease: The Materiality of Horror

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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 11:27am
Thomas Stuart (UWO), Riley McDonald (UWO) / ACLA

The terms "terror" and "horror" as defined by gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe, are diametrically opposed: while the former "expands the soul and awakens the faculties to a high degree of life," the latter "freezes and nearly annihilates them" ("Supernatural" 150). This distinction subordinates horror's focus on the material - the visceral, the abject - to the intellectual stimulation provided by terror. Blood, guts, and the grotesque are the norms of horror and while gothic fiction anxiously stages the destruction of the human body, this panel is interested in how sensual apprehension constructs the body.

Gothic Routes: Travel Writing and the Gothic

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Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:12am
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

"Gothic Routes: Travel Writing and the Gothic"

ASECS in Pittsburgh, March 31-April 3rd, 2016

This panel will focus on the connections between travel writing as a genre and the uses of, representations about, and innovative connections between it and conventions of the gothic. Themes and topics may include: narrative relationships between the gothic and travel narratives, gender and travel writing/gothic tropes, empire and the gothic/travel narratives, exploration and the gothic, finding the "other" and the narrative of travel writing and the gothic.

Please send abstract to M. Soledad Caballero, Associate Professor of English, scaballe@allegheny.edu, by Sept. 15, 2015

[UPDATE] Call for submissions: Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics

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Friday, September 4, 2015 - 6:43am
Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics



The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.

[UPDATE] Call for submissions: Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics

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Friday, September 4, 2015 - 6:37am
Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics

The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.

Teaching 18th-century British Literature: Interdisciplinary Approaches

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 2:10pm
Tonya J. Moutray / NEMLA 2016

This roundtable explores interdisciplinary methods of approaching the teaching of 18th-century British and Anglophone literature, including Restoration and Romantic literatures. Participants will share innovative pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies that bring students more fully into the literary, artistic, cultural, and historical worlds of these time periods. Discussion of the use of experiential and/or multimodal approaches in and outside of the classroom is particularly welcome. Abstracts should include a title and be no more than 300 words. Please submit abstracts through the nemla website at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla.html no later than Sep.

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