Throughout modern history, the labels "high" and "popular" culture have come to denote two categories which are most often hierarchical and polarized. Yet these categories are never truly stable or impermeable. Many authors and artists have found inspiration in transgressing, resisting, or rejecting the supposed boundaries between high and popular culture which in turn calls these very labels into question. They create hybridized genres, revolutionize traditional forms, and experiment with multimedia forms of expression in order to push their audiences to reconsider their own preconceptions about aesthetic categories and hierarchies.
"Bernard Shaw's Use of Language -- Artistic Innovation, Social Critique, and Political Argument. His Cultural Legacy.
Come to hear papers and talks from scholars/authors/actors/directors, participate in discussions, and see ShawChicago's concert reading of Shaw's Man and Superman.
The goal of this collection of essays is to address critical questions regarding the relationship between modernism and the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who remains today one of the most influential phenomenologists interested in literary and aesthetic studies.
Proposals for essays (7000 words) in English are invited for the following two sections of the volume:
1) New close-readings and critiques of Merleau-Ponty's pivotal texts except 'Eye and Mind', 'The Philosopher and His Shadow' and 'The Intertwining – The Chiasm'.
Bloomsbury C21 Conference 2014: Towards A Twenty-First Century Literature
10-11 April 2014, Brighton, UK
Supported by: Bloomsbury Higher Education Academy UK Gylphi Myriad 3AM Magazine
Dr David James,Queen Mary London
Prof Philip Tew,Brunel University
Prof Lucy Armitt,University of Lincoln
Prof Robert Eaglestone,Royal Holloway
Call for Papers
In early 2013, forty years after Montreal's Théâtre de Quat'Sous first staged the queer themes of Michel Tremblay's ground-breaking Hosanna, Sans Tabou productions announced the creation of Coming Out, "la première websérie gay au Québec." For their upcoming biennial conference, the American Council for Quebec Studies joins
Representing tears in the theatre hinges on the paradoxical performance of an absence: while the lacrimal flow can usually be explained, its physical manifestation mostly eludes visibility. Yet the presence of tears cannot easily be dismissed, as it is far from anecdotal. Portrayals of and discourses on tears indeed abound in theatre history: whether meant to affect the performers or the spectators, this emotional outburst can express a wide range of affects, from sorrow to joy, to laughter and awe.
We welcome contributions from scholars working in the fields of theatre, performance, literary, and cultural studies across cultures and time periods.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
Australian and American Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives
Editors: Pete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY) and Stephen Gaunson (RMIT University)
"Retirement, or, The End of Canadian Literature?" session
ACCUTE conference, 28-31 May 2014
Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Organizers: Nicholas Bradley (U of Victoria) and Robert McGill (U of Toronto)
"'Masquerades, I have generally heard said, were more silly than wicked,'" declares one respectable character in Samuel Richardson's novel Sir Charles Grandison (1754), "'But they are now, I am convinced, the most profligate of all diversions.'" Richardson's disapproval of the bal masqué's vulgar dissipation represents just one incarnation of a rich and multivalent concept. In various guises masquerade capers and creeps through the humanities, eluding any single form or function: noun or verb? literal or figurative? sinister or celebratory? deceitful or mischievous? We are seeking papers, panels, and creative projects that are inspired by this panoply of meaning to address the idea of masquerade in any way – material and/or theoretical.
Call for Submissions
Ecloga : Journal of Literature and the Arts
Modernist Studies Special Edition. 2014.
Produced in collaboration with the
Scottish Network of Modernist Studies.
Ecloga : Journal of Literature and the Arts is pleased to announce a Modernist Studies Special Edition for 2014, produced in collaboration with the scholars of the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies and funded by the AHRC.