What are the imaginative possibilities of poetry outside the written page? What can this type of intersection reveal about the poetic text and about the text in relation? We welcome papers that discuss both ekphrasis and adaptation. Papers might consider poetry in relation to sculpture (including sound sculpture), photography, music, painting, performance, film, and other arts.
Children's and Young Adult literature is replete with first-person narratives told through journals, letters, texts, blogs, etc., in order to create a sense of immediacy and the semblance of truth. This panel seeks to understand whether or not the epistolary strategies employed by Children's and Young Adult literature in fact does anything new or different compared to eighteenth-century epistolary narratives. How do we tell new stories differently when technology enables new kinds of correspondence? Please send 250-300 word abstracts directly through NeMLA's portal by 30 September 2014.
Call for Articles
Diffractions – Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture
POPPING THE QUESTION: THE QUESTION OF POPULAR CULTURE
Deadline for article submissions: December 31, 2014
As a concept, the popular – or popular culture for that matter – has never ceased to be debatable and ambivalent. Although it has come to occupy a particular place under the spotlight over the past decades within the broad study of culture, such apparently privileged position has not deprived it of the manifold ambiguities, complexities or misconceptions that have often involved its general understanding (John Storey, 2012; Angela McRobbie, 1994; Andrew Ross, 1989; John Fiske, 1989).
Check the website, www.apollonejournal.org, for submission details on publication, or for an application to work with us.
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION
Apollon invites undergraduate students to get published in, review submissions for, or help edit the fourth issue of our peer-reviewed eJournal, Apollon. By publishing superior examples of undergraduate academic work, Apollon highlights the importance of undergraduate research in the humanities. Apollon welcomes submissions that feature image, text, sound, and a variety of presentation platforms in the process of showcasing the many species of undergraduate research.
In the last two decades we have seen a proliferation of what scholars like Wolfgang Hallet, Alison Gibbons, and others have called "multimodal literature." These texts, which include Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves, Steve Tomasula's VAS: An Opera in Flatland, Anne Carson's NOX, Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams' S, among others, engage the verbal dimensions of narrative communication while incorporating modalities that have been conventionally omitted in genres like the literary novel and even poetry.
Headland, a new literary e-journal based in Wellington, New Zealand, is calling for submissions of work from 1 September 2014. Headland will be published regularly from January 2015, giving further voice to local as well as international guest writers, to new as well as established writers - and hopefully all kinds of writers in between.
Call for Papers: Festival of Faith and Music
March 26-28, 2015 Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Calvin College's Festival of Faith & Music is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, journalists, academics, students and lovers of music and popular culture to discuss diverse forms of popular music and issues of faith.
The recent trend in medieval literary studies to emphasize inanimate objects and materiality as a means of contextualizing or de-emphasizing human and humanist activities has encouraged two, perhaps unintended, consequences: 1) The segregation of 'Humanist' philosophical interpretations of the world and its contents/inhabitants (metaphysics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, etc.) from 'non-human' oriented epistemologies (Eco-Criticism, Object Oriented Ontology, etc.); and 2) the lack of distinguishment between human-inanimate object relationships within a culturally homogenous setting and human-inanimate object relationships within a culturally mixed setting.
The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, February 26-28, 2015. We are interested in abstracts pertaining to poetry in the fifties and sixties, especially those that draw attention to uncommon readings. Though Donald Allen's influential anthology The New American Poetry divided American poetry into distinct schools (Black Mountain, San Francisco, Beat, New York) and contributed to its division into distinct styles (Experimental, Academic, and Confessional), Allen's model creates too many internal and external contradictions.
Organizers of the 36th annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting to the general area, please peruse the specific area list at:
Call for Submissions
Teacher-Scholar accepts submissions of articles offering original research, either qualitative or quantitative, on any facet of State Comprehensive Universities; articles focused on pedagogy that offer suggestions for either on-line or on-campus teaching at State Comprehensive Universities; and personal reflection essays focused on life at State Comprehensive Universities; as well as reports on research in progress or current trends at SCUs.
The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting 100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, and panels taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) for a meeting of scholars and professionals at WonderCon Anaheim, 4/3-4/5, 2015. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars. We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers, distributors, and journalists.
When the eponymous Sweet Charity (1966) realises somebody loves her, not only does the scene shift from dialogue into song, she acknowledges the largeness of her emotional response, singing "Now I'm a brass band." Such moments in musical theatre are at the heart of the form's appeal for many kinds of spectators, allowing them to vicariously live large for the duration of the musical and sometimes beyond. Raymond Knapp has investigated the persistence of identity formation as a process musical theatre facilitates for its creators, characters and audiences, and this special issue would build upon Knapp's work.
What strategies do contemporary arts (such as literature, film, visual, media and performative arts) employ to narrate experiences that resist telling and imagining, such as experiences of traumatic histories and limit events? What ethical issues do their processes of storytelling involve?
Non-human primates often play the role of "other" to the rational and civilized human animal in literature. As fictional foils, Darwinian traces, and anthropomorphic ruptures, the literary primate offers an existential challenge to the perceived supremacy of human evolution, to the social and biological experience of consciousness, and to epistemological models of truth and being. Recent representations of the non-human primate (Sara Gruen's Ape House, Colin McAdam's A Beautiful Truth, Kenneth Oppel's Half Brother) both contest and reinforce the dividing line between the human and animal, and situate the human within its own evolutionary history as animal.