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Guest Bloggers Wanted: Interesting Literature

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:18pm
Interesting Literature: A Library of Literary Interestingness

Interesting Literature is a blog which features regular posts on all aspects of literature, from Shakespeare to F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce to J. R. R. Tolkien, Aeschylus to Sherlock Holmes.

We are interested in receiving proposals for guest blog posts from researchers with university affiliation working in any field of literature. If you can make your research (past or present) sound interesting, eye-catching, and understandable to the general reader (e.g. jargon-free), we'd love to hear from you, whether you're a doctoral candidate or a tenured professor.

Teaching Over-looked, Non-Traditional Medieval & Renaissance Texts

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 8:19am
This Rough Magic /

All too often, the same canonical works and authors find their way into Medieval and Renaissance Literature courses. While canonical literature is extremely important and not to be avoided, a great many authors (i.e., Cyril Tourneur) and texts (i.e., Life of St. Margaret of Antioch) go un-noticed. We are therefore looking for short essays that encourage readers to try non-traditional, over-looked, teachable texts inside their classrooms. Essays should answer the following:

•How can the author/text in question be used in a particular class?

•What audience (undergraduate/graduate) should the author/text in question be geared towards?

•What themes/ideas can one cover using the author/text in question?

Catastrophes and the Apocalyptic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 2:34pm
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS)

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) invites session and paper proposals for its twentieth annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 6–8, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and especially those that focus on this year's theme of catastrophes and the apocalyptic.

Selected papers related to the conference theme will be considered for publication in the conference volume of Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, a series published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).

[UPDATE] (Extended Deadline) Pastoral Artifice - MMLA/November 7-10, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:15am
Midwest Modern Language Association

Recent publication of The Arcadia Project, an anthology of "North American postmodern pastoral," highlights the interest of contemporary writers in pastoral artifice. In highly original compositions, these writers repurpose and self-consciously misuse pastoral conventions to evoke simulations of pastoral in the contemporary world. Paradoxically, these simulations are more real than the pastoral fantasies on which they are based. For example, the pastoral simulation called suburbia continues to expand in unsustainable ways, and to degrade our environment.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 7:17am
University of Minnesota / Trinity College Dublin

Born in Oklahoma in 1914, John Berryman is one of the most significant American poets of the twentieth century. Recognised from the beginning of his publishing career as a poet and critic of distinction, his books of poetry and prose are among the most important works by any writer in English in the period up to the early 1970s. Since his death in 1972, further posthumously published works have added to his oeuvre, marking him out as one of the most brilliant poetic and critical minds of his generation.

CFP Celebrity Studies Journal Conference 2014

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:13pm
James Bennett, Royal Holloway, University of London

2nd Biannual Celebrity Studies Journal Conference – CFP

When: June 19-21, 2014

Where: Royal Holloway, University of London

Deadline for abstracts: November 4th, 2013 (250 words, +50 word bio)

Successful abstracts notified by: December 6th, 2013

Enquiries/abstracts to:

Organisers: James Bennett and Su Holmes

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[UPDATE] Second Chances, Final Glances: Media Afterlives - Extended Deadline & Keynote Speaker

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 12:48pm
University of Pittsburgh/ Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)

University of Pittsburgh, October 18-19, 2013
Hosted by the Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)
EXTENDED Deadline: July 17, 2013

Keynote by Homay King, Associate Professor of History of Art and Director, Center for Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr College. King teaches Film Studies and her fields of specialty include American cinema, film theory, psychoanalytic theory, and feminist film theory and criticism. King is author of Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Projection, and the Enigmatic Signifier (Duke University Press, 2010).

Banquets and Borders in Language and Literature October 25-26, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 2:40pm
English Graduate Organization, Western Illinois University

CFP: Banquets and Borders in Language and Literature

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) of Western Illinois University is currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals for our tenth annual EGO Conference in Macomb, IL on October 25 – October 26. We are interested in the production, consumption and the symbolism of the culinary within and beyond English Studies. Our conference will feature a keynote speech by Dr. David B. Goldstein entitled "Toward a Skeptical Ethics of Eating: Shakespeare, Montaigne, Levinas."