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Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement: Redefining Black Literary Aesthetic

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 9:45am
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2015 Annual Convention of Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
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The recent death of Amiri Baraka, the co-founder of the Black Arts Movement (BAM), offers a unique opportunity to assess his legacy, the movement, and the current direction of African American literature. As a poet, Baraka's work embodied the role of the Black artist/activist as one who 're-evaluate[s] the western aesthetic...the social function of the artist…and develops a new Black aesthetic' – ideals outlined in Larry Neal's manifesto, 'The Black Arts Movement.' In addition, BAM birthed numerous artistic innovations, in particular a reemphasis on orality and the call and response tradition.

Myth: A User's Guide. In search of a new epistemology for literary rewritings of myths

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 8:35am
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special issue of Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties: A Multilingual e-Journal of Literary Studies.

This special issue of Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties aims to develop the most recent theoretical and methodological contributions regarding literary rewritings of myths. Up until the 1970s, critics accepted the conceptualization of myth put forth by philosophical and ethno-anthropological approaches; subsequently, however, various critical perspectives emerged which recognised distinct properties in the mythe littéraire and examined the relation between myth and literature in light of strictly literary epistemological categories.

WSQ: The 1970s (deadline October 2, 2014)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:22pm
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Women's Studies Quarterly
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Call for Papers, Poetry, and Prose
WSQ Special Issue Fall 2015: The 1970s
Guest Editors: Shelly Eversley and Michelle Habell-Pallán

The 1970s was a revolutionary moment for women. It transformed the very notion of female power regarding their bodies, their pleasure, and their work. In addition, women's activisms in the decade shaped new paradigms for thinking about race, sexuality, reproductive rights, labor, colonialism, technology and the environment. Inaugural moments in film, music, television, sports, visual arts, and computing remain crucial landmarks in debates and interventions concerning pornography, sex work, sound studies, digital feminism, legal theory, and religion.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended (6/27) -- City Science and City Craft (MMLA, Detroit, Nov. 13-16),

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 5:07pm
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Joshua Wall / University of Michigan
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Finding a coin in a street gutter, the protagonist of Charles Reznikoff's 1930 novel By the Waters of Manhattan concludes, "If there was woodcraft . . . he was master of a new science, citycraft." Though his sense of mastery is short-lived, the language of his expression points toward a method of grappling with the economic realities of modern city life that aligns with what Tim Armstrong identifies as a conflict between the modern and the inherited.

Special Issue on "HOW TO STUDY ENGLISH LITERATURE"

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 2:21pm
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The Golden Line: A Magazine on English Literature
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Critical writings are invited from teachers and research scholars from any part of the world for the Inaugural Issue of The Golden Line: A Magazine on English Literature published by the Department of English, Bhatter College, Dantan, West Bengal, India.

Theme for critical writings: "HOW TO STUDY ENGLISH LITERATURE"

Call for Creative Writings and Works from Students (UG &PG)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 1:59pm
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The Golden Line: A Magazine on English Literature
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Creative writings and works are invited from students pursuing B.A/M.A in English Literature from any part of the world for the Inaugural Issue of The Golden Line published by the Department of English, Bhatter College, Dantan, West Bengal, India.

What to Submit:
Poems (maximum 5)
Short Stories
Flash Poems & Graphic Stories (must provide the entire package in tested running mode).

There is no word-limit, but students need to keep in mind that readers on the web do not stay long on a site and a long writing can make them fly away. So the piece must be able to attract, engage and impress the readers in their short stay.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline: The Prestige of Literature--Oct. 10-11, 2014 (Ottawa, ON)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 12:44pm
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English Department, Carleton University

This conference aims to explore the role that prestige plays in the contemporary literary marketplace. James English's The Economy of Prestige, Gillian Roberts's Prizing Literature, and Lorraine York's Literary Celebrity in Canada are prominent examples of recent studies that consider how literary prizes—and debates about prize culture—confer and circulate prestige.

Gender and Metamorphosis

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 12:30pm
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Sibéal Feminist & Gender Studies Network, Ireland

Sibéal Irish Postgraduate and ECR Feminist & Gender Studies Network will hold its 2014 annual conference in Trinity College Dublin on the 21st and 22nd of November. The conference invites papers that engage with the theme of

Gender and Metamorphosis.

The Urban Metropolis in Caribbean American Literature of Austin C. Clarke, Paule Marshall and Others, NEMLA, April 30-May 3, 201

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:30am
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NEMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)/Toronto/April 30-May 3, 2015

This panel seeks papers on the representation of the urban metropolis (Toronto, Brooklyn,etc.) or on comparative studies of such representations in Caribbean literature. Papers on the writings of Austin C. Clarke and Paule Marshall are particularly welcome; so are explorations of literary depictions of Toronto/Brooklyn as sanctuary, refuge, menace, or promised land for Caribbean immigrants who flocked to Toronto/Brookilyn in droves in the 1960's in pursuit of the great Canadian or American dream.

Submit 250 word abstract and brief vitae by September 1, 2014 to the following link at NEMLA:

November 13-14 Conference: Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites -- CUNY Graduate Center, CFP due Sept 20

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:47am
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CUNY Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature & Italian Specialization
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Keynote Speaker: Elaine Scarry (Harvard)

If you can blow whole places out of existence, you can blow whole places into it. - E. Bowen

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.

ICMS Kalamazoo: Transnationalism before the Nation? (deadline Sept. 15)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:15am
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Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB)
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Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB) invites papers that place the discipline of Medieval Studies in conversation with the theoretical concept of transnationalism. The past decade has seen an increased attention to writers and works outside of siloed national canons. In contemporary literary studies, this attention has produced the "transnational turn" in English departments and a burgeoning body of scholarship on the francophonie in French departments.

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