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[UPDATE] National Seminar on "Modernity and Indian Theatre", September 27 & 28, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 2:16am
Department of English, Gauhati University

'Modern' Indian theatre is fashioned by western as well as indigenous theatrical traditions. This theatre as we know it is also urban, having evolved from its early avatars in 19th century Bombay and Kolkata, to the multifaceted, national and postcolonial construct that it is today. Current ideas of the 'modern' and 'modernity' become more complex and throw up remarkably challenging questions when looked at through the prism of Indian theatre and theatre criticism. It is difficult to define 'modern' Indian theatre as a discipline with specific inbuilt notions of modernity that renders it significantly different from its earlier phases.

[UPDATE] New Narratives of Disaster and Crisis: Reflecting on 9/11in the Obama Era -- Proposals Due 5/31/2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 7:19pm
SAMLA Chairpersons

Chairpersons of the 2012-2014 SAMLA 9/11 and Literature special sessions seek high quality, previously unpublished submissions to supplement a strong collection of essays emerging from the 2012 and 2013 annual SAMLA conventions, entitled New Narratives of Disaster and Crisis: Reflecting on 9/11in the Obama Era. The aim of this collection is to open discussion on a new wave of cultural response to 9/11 and we invite scholarly essays (6,000-7,000 words) on topics relating to the newer representations and/or interpretations of 9/11, including both visual and literary texts. These representations have moved beyond the commemorative and heroic becoming increasingly reflexive and politicized.

All Kinds of Music is Pouring Out of Me: Living Large and Feeling Big in Musical Theatre Performance and Reception

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:41am
American Society for Theatre Research

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.

REMINDER: CFP: Edited Volume on Cognitive Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Literature (Deadline, April 30)

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 5:48pm
Julien Simon and Isabel Jaen

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.

COLLECTION: Shakespeare: Institutional Discourse, Decadence, and Decorum.

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 4:48pm
Jeffrey Kahan/University of La Verne

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?

Call for Submissions: Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 4:35pm
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature

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