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The Prestige of Literature--Oct. 10-11, 2014 (Ottawa, ON)

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 3:04pm
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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.

Writing in Context: Content Based First Year Composition (MLA 2015 Jan 8-11, Vancouver, BC)

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 2:10pm
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Stacey Lee Donohue/Discussion Group on the Two Year College/MLA
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While composition is often a standalone course, some colleges offer it as discipline-specific writing, either as a linked course or integrated into a learning community. Brief presentations that explore successes and challenges as well as the impact on student success.

Send 300 word abstracts and brief bios to sdonohue@cocc.edu by or before March 14th, 2014.

If accepted, you must be a member of the MLA by April 1, 2014.

Classroom assignments relating Shakespeare to "classics" - to be compiled as a chapter in a forthcoming Ashgate companion volume

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 12:11pm
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Sean Keilen / University of California at Santa Cruz; Nick Moschovakis
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The editors of The Ashgate Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature (forthcoming 2016) welcome brief submissions of 700 words or fewer for a multiauthored compilation of classroom assignments relating Shakespeare's drama and poetry to classical works or traditions — or, alternatively, to the idea of "classics" or "a classic." By "classics" we do not mean only texts from ancient Greece or Rome (though we do, of course, mean those). Rather, eligible "classics" in our broad sense may be found in any canon of verse, drama, narrative, or even music and visual art that has exerted large cultural influence or carried high cultural prestige — from Egypt and Israel to China, India, Japan, and beyond.

Reading Matters - May 30, 2014

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:55am
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UCLA's 25th Annual Friends of English Southland Conference

Keynote Speaker: Professor Helen Deutsch

"I love to cope him in these sullen fits,
For then he's full of matter."
- Duke Senior, As You Like It

Call for papers for the SAMLA Convention November 7 - 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:37am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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Please send abstracts of no more than 350 words by June 15, 2014. Papers may treat the literary works of Slavic writers in any genre and from any literary period, tradition or theoretical perspective. Comparative literary approaches are also welcome, as are papers on grammar topics or teaching methodology.

Clothes, Working Lives, and Social Change, 1880-1939

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 10:59am
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University of Exeter/Bishopsgate Institute

Call for Papers: Clothes, Working Lives and Social Change, 1880–1939
Two-Day International Conference
(Bishopsgate Institute, London 12–13 September 2014)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Eugenia Paulicelli (Queen's College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Professor Lou Taylor (University of Brighton)

This cross-disciplinary conference explores the relationship between work, clothes and social change at the turn of the twentieth century.

War and Life Writing

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:43am
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I-Chun Wang
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Papers are invited for publication in a special issue entitled War and Life Writing. Ed. Louise O. Vasvari and I-Chun Wang. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 17.2 (June 2015): (Purdue University Press ISSN 1481-4374). Throughout history, humans share(d) similar experiences in war: they narrate their experiences and document suffering, trauma, dislocation, memory, etc. Life writing on war is often about (im)migration, separation, and dreams of return. The guest editors of the special issue on War and Life Writing invite studies on life writing in all its forms: auto/biography, memoir, testimony, diaries, letters, works in media other than print, as well as visual representation of war from all periods of human history.

"David Jones: Christian modernist?" Oxford (UK), 10-13 September 2014.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:38am
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Erik Tonning / University of Bergen
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"David Jones: Christian modernist?"
Oxford (UK), 10-13 September 2014.

David Jones's (1895-1974) rich career as visual artist, poet and critic yokes together two terms, 'Christian' and 'modernist', which are sometimes considered incompatible. This conference examines the paradoxes of a Catholic artist committed to 'making it new' through formal experiment and a large-scale theory of sign, sacrament and civilization. Jones's case demands an interdisciplinary approach drawing on theology, philosophy and history, as well as a wider rethinking of the critical vocabulary of Modernist Studies.

[UPDATE] Colours of Memory: An International Conference on the Writing of Geoff Dyer

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 7:18am
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Birkbeck, University of London

Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to the writing of Geoff Dyer—novelist, essayist, art and photography critic and travel writer. Dyer's witty subtle and experimental writing has won him critical acclaim and a broad literary following but has received little sustained academic attention to date. The event will mark a collaboration between the Centre for Contemporary Literature and the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, looking particularly at the place of photography and of photographic criticism in Dyer's work. Geoff Dyer will be in attendance throughout the day and for a Q&A session at the end of proceedings.

Death and the Maiden: A Special Issue of Writing from Below - 1 March 2014

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 8:27pm
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Writing from Below
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A recurring symbol and theme in Western cultural production since the fifteenth-century, imagery of death and the maiden reveals a dark bond between sexuality and death. Pictures of a decaying corpse seducing a young woman, such as Hans Baldung's Death and the Maiden, became popular during the Renaissance, and have been repeated and adapted oftentimes since, the theme taken up by modern artists such as Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, or composer Franz Schubert.

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