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Marginalized Texts and Modern Editions--NeMLA, April 30-May 3, 2015

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 5:23pm
Megan Walsh and William Huntting Howell

In recent years, a number of overlooked and forgotten texts have made their way to modern readers through new scholarly editions. This roundtable discussion hopes to address the following questions: How do new editions of marginalized texts come to be? What is at stake in recuperating and reissuing neglected works? How can editors of these texts best address the needs of contemporary audiences—including undergraduates, graduate students, instructors, and the broader reading public?

New Research in North American Book History: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico [NEMLA, Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015]

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 2:31pm
Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, 2015

Much contemporary work in the history of the book remains oriented within a nationalist tradition. This panel, instead, will present new research by literary scholars and book historians in which the transnational movement of authors, texts, printers, and publishers across North American borders and borderlands affects our understanding of the production, distribution, consumption, and reception of material texts. Taking a hemispheric approach to examining how books, individuals, and issues such as copyright move across or through national boundaries allows us to ask larger questions in book history about textual meaning, the history of communications and communications technologies, and the economics of the printing/publishing industries.

Contemporary Medievalisms Panel - NeMLA 2015; 4/30-5/3

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 2:15pm
Northeast MLA

Contemporary Medievalisms: The proliferation of medievalism in popular culture - as Chaucer's Twitter account, Game of Thrones, and historical young adult novels set in Medieval Europe all attest - expresses varying ideas about what the Middle Ages could mean to our current historical moment. This panel seeks papers that explore contemporary ideas about the Middle Ages as they appear in a variety of popular culture venues. We especially welcome those that engage with global perspectives on the idea of the 'Middle Ages.'

Chairs: Emily Lauer and Filiz Turhan-Swenson

NeMLA 2015 46th Annual Convention
Toronto; April 30-May 3, 2015

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline for edited volume on New Approaches to The Jazz Age (July 10, 2014)

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 2:08pm
Nancy Von Rosk, Mount Saint Mary College

From the BBC's "Downton Abbey" and "Dancing on the Edge," to HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," The Jazz Age's presence in recent popular culture has been striking and pervasive. This edited collection aims to complicate familiar images of this iconic period and to better understand its persistent presence "in our time." Essays that situate well-known figures in new contexts or highlight the significance and contributions of the period's lesser-known figures are especially welcome.

[UPDATE] Rereading, Revisiting, and Reinventing Faulkner for the 21st Century / SAMLA 86, Nov. 7-9 / Abstracts Due Jun. 15

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:48am
The William Faulkner Society / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

This panel seeks papers that explore and excavate SAMLA 86's themes of sustainability and renewal in the works of William Faulkner. As the geographical compass of Faulkner Studies has shifted ever southward and Faulkner criticism has embraced postcolonial, transatlantic, and digital humanities readings of his work, we believe the time is ripe for scholarly reconsiderations of those works otherwise thought to be critically overexposed. We interpret the terms "sustainability" and "renewal" broadly and invite abstracts that approach Faulkner's work from a unique textual or theoretical perspective, particularly those that seek to revise, reinterpret, and/or reinvigorate Faulkner criticism for the 21st century.

New Studies on the Work of T. S. Eliot

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:47am
T. S. Eliot Society, SAMLA 2014 (Atlanta)

The T. S. Eliot Society will host a special session at the 2014 SAMLA convention, to be held in Atlanta at the Marriott Buckhead Hotel, November 7-9, 2014. The Society welcomes proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of Eliot's work or its reception. Those interested should email a detailed abstract of approximately 300 words and a current c.v. to Anthony Cuda ( no later than June 18, 2014.

The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on Marvel's Jade Giant in Changing Times

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:25am
Joseph J. Darowski

The editor of The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on Marvel's Jade Giant in Changing Times is seeking abstracts for essays which could be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between Incredible Hulk comic books (or comic books featuring Hulk-related characters) and the culture when those comics were published. Analysis may demonstrate how the stories found in Hulk comic books and the creators who produced the comics embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture. This will be a companion volume to The Ages of Superman, The Ages of Wonder Woman, The Ages of the X-Men, The Ages of the Avengers, and The Ages of Iron Man.

Canadian Literature: 56th Annual M/MLA Convention, Detroit, Michigan, November 13-16, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:04am
The Midwest Modern Language Association

This permanent section welcomes papers on any aspect of Canadian Literature. Proposals related to the conference theme of "The Lives of Cities" are strongly encouraged; however, this theme can be broadly interpreted.

Please email 250-word abstracts and CV by June 14, 2014, to DeLisa Hawkes,

Presenters must become members of the M/MLA.

CFP Wonder Tales in A. S. Byatt's Fiction, NeMLA 2015, Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 10:44am
Northeastern Modern Language Association

This panel will address the relevance of A. S. Byatt's wonder tales within the wider context of her fiction and invites submissions that specifically explore this relationship. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: gender and genre; female identity; the relationship between narrators and tales; postmodern and/ or feminist undertones vs traditional modes of wonder tale narrative; frame tale and embedded stories. Please submit 250- to 500-word abstracts at by September 30, 2014.

Nodes & Networks in the Humanities: Geometries, Relationships, Processes, deadline June 15

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 10:38am
Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas

CFP: Nodes & Networks in the Humanities: Geometries, Relationships, Processes
Digital Humanities Forum 2014
September 12-13, 2014
Lawrence, Kansas

Keynote Speakers

* Isabel Meirelles, Northeastern University,
* Steven Jones, Loyola University Chicago,
* Scott Weingart, Indiana University,

Digitizing the Past: Historical Narrative and Media Technology

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 10:35am
Kurt Cavender, Brandeis University

The question of how novels understand their place in an increasingly diverse media ecology has been widely debated in comparative media studies, with scholars such as Daniel Punday and Katherine Hayles arguing that traditional written narrative forms are forced to re-imagine their strengths in the face of increasingly digitized, non-linear forms. However, these critical perspectives have only begun to address the way that this new media ecology shapes narratives of memory, trauma, and event. This panel seeks to theorize the way historiographic fictions are adapting to new and hybrid media forms of historical memory. How are digital technologies affecting the way we narrate historical events?

NEMLA 2015 CFP Steampunk Femininity: Recasting the Angel in the House (Sept. 10 2014)

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:24am
Chamutal Noimann - BMCC City University of New York

We seek proposals for an approved panel for the 2015 NEMLA conference in Toronto.

Through consistent creation of powerful female heroines the likes of which we have never seen in Victorian literature, Steampunk has emerged as a strong feminist voice that addresses contemporary and current discourses on femininity simultaneously and rethinks our ideas of Victorian gender roles. This panel seeks to examine how Steampunk Young Adult and graphic novels subvert Victorian patriarchy and Empire by creating an alternate past that reimagines them both. Please submit 300-word abstract and bio.

Area: British, Women's and Gender Studies

Deadline for abstracts Sept. 30, 2014


Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:12am

Shahrukh Khan, Anna Hazare, M.S. Dhoni, Shiney Ahuja, A.R. Rahman, M.S. Subbalekshmi, Saina Nehwal, Arundhati Roy, Sanjay Dutt, Vava Suresh…….

A random list of famous Indians such as the one given above is enough to remind one of the wide range of celebrities who are in the limelight in contemporary India. They range from film stars to politicians, from sport stars to activists, from darlings of the masses to widely hated 'villains', from pan-Indian and global celebrities to stars whose fame exists within specific regions.