When the eponymous Sweet Charity (1966) realizes somebody loves her, not only does the scene shift from dialogue into song, but she, self-reflexively, acknowledges the largeness of her emotional response, singing, "Now I'm a brass band," conjuring an ensemble of dancers, and proceeding to sing and dance in celebration. Such moments in musical theatre are at the heart of the form's appeal for many spectators (including but not limited to bullied, closeted, or marginalized spectators), allowing them to vicariously live large, and loud, for the duration of the musical, and sometimes beyond.
Cognitive literary studies is an expanding field of research that has generated a lot of interest among early modern Spanish literary scholars since Howard Mancing's pioneering work. In recent years the number of sessions and panel presentations exploring early modern Spanish literature from a cognitive perspective has proliferated both at MLA conventions and elsewhere, including the AHCT Symposium in El Paso, TX (March 2013) and KFLC in Lexington, KY (April 2013). "Cognitive Cervantes," the recent special cluster of essays published in the Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America (Spring 2012), strengthened this new area of inquiry, focusing on themes such as embodiment, human development, and emotion, among others.
Whether dealing with Shakespearean chotchkies, comic books, adult films, alternative authorship candidates, canonical additions, queer studies, amateur stagings, self-published studies, or just a general celebration of the tacky, a new generation of Shakespeareans seems intent on pushing the boundaries of the field. We might also assume that from time to time the field pushes back. This collection [series?] explores whether there are still limits to our discourse. How does the field regulate and renew itself? What now constitutes Shakespearean misappropriation? Are there any topics or approaches that remain unspeakable, unprintable, or inexplicable?
Renascence is a scholarly journal published by Marquette University. We publish articles that explore how literature is informed by and contributes to our understanding of fundamental questions concerning values – be it moral philosophy, theology, or spirituality. Articles can discuss literature of any literary period, though we do focus on literature of the English language. To submit, please send a 3,000 to 7,500 word article to Renascence@marquette.edu.
Globalising processes have led, in recent decades, to critical re-evaluations of the ways in which 'culture' has traditionally been understood. Global capitalism, worldwide diffusion and popularisation of communication technologies, as well as increased mobility of people, information, and consumer goods, are some of the forces that account for a widespread intensification of cultural exchanges within and beyond the borders of the nation-state. In this context, past definitions of collective and individual identities as essentially monocultural are increasingly viewed as inadequate to describe the way people perceive themselves and the world they live in.
This is a call for papers from postgraduate students and early career researchers for a new interdisciplinary discussion group (starting in the upcoming academic year at King's College London) which focuses on the interactions between the human and nonhuman, discussing relevant articles and providing a forum for graduate students and staff to present papers.
The 'Assembling Identities' conference (University of Glasgow, 23rd-24th May) is an international and cross-disciplinary conference focusing on how we understand identity and the process of identity formation.
We are pleased to announce that registration for 'Assembling Identities' is now open. The completed registration form (available on our website) should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 5th of May 2013.
Motherhood and childbirth have been constructed as symbols of faith, sites of suspicion, protectors of social morality, and the wages of original sin. Mother Earth, the Virgin Mother, and evil stepmothers are just some of the pillars society has fashioned around the concept of motherhood. Motherhood has been gendered female to the extent that motherhood and womanhood are often seen to be mutually completing, with pregnancy serving as a visual marker of the liminal space that turns woman into mother.
International Colloquium, « Form(s) of Diplomacy », 12-13 June 2014, Toulouse 2 Le Mirail University, France.