Where is the discourse presently located surrounding literary celebrity? What are critics saying about literary celebrity and what does this phenomenon mean to these scholars? How do critical assessments of literary celebrity determine what authors get read and how we read their work? This panel will consider how scholars are assessing authorial fame today. Are their analyses biographical, materialist, formalist, feminist, queer, sociological? How do critics contextualize literary celebrity? Through social or political movements, popular culture, literary periods, national or geographical spaces (thinking here about this year's theme of "the living city")? And what do these critical methodologies tell us about the meaning of literary celebrity?
The deadline for this CFP is quickly approaching!
This CFP is for the MSA 16 conference in Pittsburgh.
Once considered a touchstone of modernist aesthetics, politics, ethics, and cultural criticism, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School has seen its reputation suffer in the latter portion of the 20th century, in part because of its pessimism towards or outright dismissal of "mass culture," as well as the perception that its purview is too narrowly European. More recent scholarship has begun to revalue the School's critical theory and argue for its contemporary significance, especially for ecocriticism and postcolonial aesthetics and politics.
To date, there has not been a single scholarly book published on Dick Grayson, the original Robin who grew up to become the hero Nightwing and serve as Batman. In conjunction with Grayson's 75th anniversary in 2015, this book seeks to examine any and all aspects of Grayson as an influential comic book character and cultural icon.
We welcome contributions from all scholarly fields, including history, literature, psychology, philosophy, art, art history, cultural studies, media studies, and more.
Given that this project is the first of its kind, the range of topics is extremely broad. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
As the academic year comes to a close, please share the following CFP with your excellent undergraduate writers:
Queen City Writers is a journal of undergraduate writing and composing operated from the University of Cincinnati. We seek submissions for our fall 2014 and spring 2015 issues. Our focus is on writing, rhetoric, reading, literacy, popular culture and media, community discourses, and multimodal and digital composing.
Language, Literature and Stylistics Symposiums have been held for the past 13 years in various cities for the purpose of creating an opportunity for all scholars in stylistics, linguistics, applied linguistics, translation studies and literature to come together and to hold discussions on the related fields. The main strands of "style" in the symposium to be organized by Dokuz Eylul University are "Direct Style" and its alternatives as 1- Indirect Style, Rhetorical Style and 2-Discursive Style, Rambling Style.
The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference seeks papers and panels relating to all things Shakespearean, especially those focusing on the spectral, the fantastic, the mad, and the fey. We take our cue from Theseus: "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, / Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend / More than cool reason ever comprehends." The place of the world-beyond-the world, the line between reality and fantasy, and the demarcation of the sane from the mad are ever-present and controversial aspects of Shakespeare's work and of early modern literature more broadly.
Hartskill Review seeks essays on contemporary poetry and poetics. "Contemporary" is broadly conceived as anything after 1950. For essays about a poet or group of poets, a slight preference is given to American poets.
The primary purpose of Hartskill Review is to publish contemporary poetry. Essays, therefore, are meant for a general literary audience. Ideas should be sharp, challenging, and meaningful, but not plagued by jargon or willful obscurity. Submissions are reviewed and selected by the editor and are not peer reviewed externally.
The submission deadline for the next issue is June 27, 2014.
We are glad to announce that the IDENTITY: REPRESENTATION & PRACTICES conference will take place on the 11th and 12th of September 2014. The conference will be hosted by the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
25th Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2014
Baltimore, MD - Lord Baltimore Hotel
Call for papers:
Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Baltimore, MD. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.
Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Saturday, June 14, 2014.
The Dialogue of Cultures/ The Culture of Dialogue
13-15 November 2014
University Ploieşti, Romania
Call for Papers
This panel welcomes papers on any aspect of GLBTQ studies in literature, art, theory, or film. Proposals are due May 15th by midnight. Please submit proposals online: http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals
Literary linguistics – that is, research exploring the interface of two academic fields all too often deemed irreconcilable – has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years, as a growing number of scholars have come to acknowledge the value of this kind of interdisciplinary endeavour. The aim of this conference is to take stock of the scholarly work conjoining linguistics and literary studies, identify current research interests and point out possible future directions of the field.
If, as Marshall McLuhan famously asserts, media act as prosthesis, then our increasingly haptic relationship to digital technologies (think the nearly ubiquitous touchscreen interface of tablets and smart phones, as well as the rise of immersive VR as evidenced by Facebook's recently announced acquisition of Oculus) seems only natural. What, then, might constitute a denaturalized mediated environment? In addition to general comparative media topics, this standing session invites proposals that engage with PAMLA 2014's special conference theme, "Familiar Spirits."
Possible topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:
In March 2015 the University of Houston will host the first meeting in a decade to focus on the writings of the major Modernist poet Marianne Moore. Scholars, poets, and artists will convene to discuss, debate, and celebrate Moore's work, laying the groundwork for the future of Moore studies.
In light of the past decade's work on Moore, including variorum and facsimile editions of her early and middle-period work and a ground-breaking new biography by Linda Leavell, the conference will examine Moore's place in the twenty-first century's understanding of Modernism.
9th Global Conference: The Erotic
Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Presentations
Mapping the field of the erotic is a complex and frustrating endeavour; as something which permeates lived experience, interpersonal relationships, intellectual reflection, aesthetic tastes and sensibilities, the erotic is clearly multi-layered and requires a plethora of approaches, insights and perspectives if we are to better to understand, appreciate and define it.