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Essay Collection: The Contemporary Novel and the Poetics of Genre

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 9:25am
Tim Lanzendörfer, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

An interest in the concept and the importance of genre has resurfaced in recent years. Indeed, "[t]here has of late been no shortage of serious writers swerving with fanfare into the lowly precincts of genre fiction" (McGurl 2010, n.p.). As a contribution to the debate on the valence of genre in the contemporary novel, I am looking for essay submissions to a volume on the poetics of genre in the contemporary novel that proposes to investigate the nature of this potential "generic turn" in contemporary fiction.

[UPDATE] Pastoral Cities

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 6:16am
Midwest Modern Language Association

In his study Pastoral Cities (1987), James L. Machor gives the name "urban-pastoral" to a cultural myth of rural-urban synthesis, which he deems foundational to the moral geography of American life, from the Puritans' "City on a Hill" to Frederick Law Olmsted's "City Beautiful". To recognize and complicate this rural-urban dream, Machor argues, was one of the achievements of American writers through the nineteenth century. And yet, despite the recent pastoral turn in literary scholarship, few critics have analyzed urban-pastoralism in later or less canonical works.

SubalternSpeak: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Print ISSN 2277-3959) (Online ISSN: 2347-2013)

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 6:09am
Interactions Forum Pune, India


Vol II Issue IV

SubalternSpeak: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Print ISSN 2277-3959) (Online ISSN: 2347 2013)

Paper Submission last date: 20 June 2014

SubalternSpeak is a refereed journal published quarterly by Interactions Forum, Pune. The Journal strives to publish works of high quality in the area of postcolonial studies. The aim of the journal is to give space to scholars and researchers to publish their research articles/papers.

We are always keen to receive submissions from scholars, academicians and researchers in the form of Research Papers, Articles, Poems, Short Stories, Interviews and Book Reviews.

still queer / a postgraduate and early-career work-in-progress study day

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 6:05am
Queer@King's, King's College London

still queer / a postgraduate and early-career work-in-progress study day

King's College, London / Saturday 13 September 2014

Queer@King's invites proposals for presentations to be given at a collaborative work-in-progress study day. We hope to foster a supportive environment in which new work and ideas can be discussed among peers, with the opportunity of gaining valuable feedback from other PGRs, as well as from established faculty members.

Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, 29 June 2014 FREE EVENT

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 5:57am
University of Leicester, UK

Join acclaimed director Nick Bagnall, bestselling novelist Jake Arnott and critics Simon Shepherd and Francesca Coppa to discuss the impact and legacy of Orton's first stage play.

The day will begin with a rare screening of the 1968 ITV Playhouse production of Entertaining Mr Sloane (on loan from the British Film Institute) and will end with Orton's sister, Leonie Orton Barnett, reading some unpublished letters from the Joe Orton archive.

The event is accompanied by an exhibition of items from the archive - 'Joe Orton in 1964' - in the University Library.

Further details can be found at

[UPDATE] Rural Survival Skills in an Urban Setting - MMLA 2014, November 13 - 16, Detroit

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 8:56pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

n Tillie Olsen's working class novel Yonnondio, the character Anna takes her children out, "looking for empty lots where dandelions grew," so they may harvest dandelion greens. It is here—foraging for food in Omaha, Nebraska—that we see a glimpse into Anna's rural past. The knowledge she has gained from her rural life allows her to supplement her family's needs when they could not afford to buy fresh food in an urban environment. Yonnondio is not unique in chronicling migration to the city for work; there are other novels about poor people with a rural knowledge base living in an intolerable urban culture. In these stories, what is lost or gained when one migrates or immigrates from the agrarian lifestyle to the urban?

Shakespeare session at SAMLA, Nov. 7-9 (Due 6/15)

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 8:49pm
John Adrian, UVa-Wise

This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of Shakespeare, particularly papers that address Shakespearean portrayals of marriage, courtship, and/or gender. By June 15, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to John Adrian, UVa-Wise, at

UPDATE: Manifestas: Supporting Women's Studies in Academia

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 2:14pm
The University of West Florida's Women's Studies Collective

As an up-and-coming online, interdisciplinary student journal, _Feminist Spaces_ is now accepting student submissions for their inaugural issue to be published September 2014, with a release party scheduled soon after.

Fairy Tales: New Spaces, Different Faces

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 1:56pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In his article, "Decolonizing Fairy-Tale Studies" (2010) Donald Haase cautions against the "limited horizon of much contemporary fairy-tale research" and advocates developing "effective intercultural or transcultural model[s] for understanding the fairy tale," in order to "create a disciplinary or interdisciplinary space that can accommodate the genre in its many manifestations." A few recent, exemplary studies indicate the rich theoretical possibilities for fairy-tale scholarship: Jack Zipes draws on cognitive science and evolutionary biology in The Irresistible Fairy Tale, and Cristina Bacchilega's Fairy Tales Transformed? frames fairy tale adaptations as "ideologically-variable desire machines" entangled in a hyptertextual age of wonder and magic.

13th Claflin University Conferenceon English and Language Arts Pedagogy Oct 29-30, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:26pm
Department of English and Foreign Languages, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC 29115

Call For Papers
Thirteenth Claflin University Conference
on English and Language Arts Pedagogy
in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

October 29-30, 2014

Tentative Schedule:
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Ministers Hall,
Claflin University campus
Morning: Concurrent sessions
Afternoon: Keynote address and readings

FINAL CALL FOR ESSAY PROPOSALS: Asian Cuisine Restaurants in the United States

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 10:33am

CALL FOR ESSAY PROPOSALS: Asian Cuisine Restaurants in the United States

Edited by Bruce Makoto Arnold, Tanfer Emin Tunc, and Raymond Chong.

We invite proposal submissions for a forthcoming edited collection that addresses Asian cuisine restaurants in the United States. This volume welcomes interdisciplinary perspectives from fields including, but not limited to, history, anthropology, critical and cultural theory, American Studies, Asian American Studies, and foodways.

Some possible topics could include: