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[UPDATE] Muslims in American Popular Culture

Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 7:43pm
Anne R. Richards and Iraj Omidvar/Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University

Praeger has contracted with us to publish a three-volume reference set titled "Muslims in American Popular Culture" (2011). The first collection of its kind, MIAPC will be marketed mainly to university, public, and secondary school libraries. We are looking for articles of various lengths on a wide variety of topics within the categories of contemporary American Muslim entertainment, communities, social concerns, religious expression, and politics.

"Pioneering Romanticism": November 11-14, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 3:36pm
International Conference on Romanticism

The 18th annual International Conference on Romanticism will meet at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas from November 11-14. We will explore ways in which writers, playwrights and poets from the Romantic period as well as contemporary critics have participated in what might be termed "Pioneering Romanticism". The Romantic period marked a time of change and innovation. This year's conference will explore the novel contributions and pioneering efforts made, but not limited, to the following areas: literature, poetry, art, music, philosophy and politics. We will also address the influence Romantic ideals have had on the innovations and ideals of later time periods and in various countries.

Literary Dress: Fashioning the Fictional Self (due 9/30; NEMLA 4/7-4/10, New Brunswick NJ)

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:29pm
Heath Sledge and Helen Dunn/ NEMLA 2011

Literary Dress: Fashioning the Fictional Self

Fashion, fabricate, artifice, make-up: all these terms have a double valence. Each term in noun form denotes a prosthetic application of something foreign atop something natural (usually a human body) with the intention of concealing or enhancing the natural item beneath. Each term in verb form, though, carries a connotation of constitution and creation: a sense of literal "becoming," or even investiture. In some way, these terms gesture towards the ephemeral, frivolous, and the temporary AND towards a sense of ontological making.

Special Issue: Contemporary Irish Writers, Submissions due by May 15, 2011

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 2:41pm
ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews

ANQ: American Notes and Queries is sponsoring a special issue on Contemporary Irish Writing for Fall, 2011. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2011. For the purposes of this issue, we will define contemporary as post-World War II writing, and we invite submissions on literary works from the Republic or Ireland and Northern Ireland as well. We are open to a variety of subjects, to include all major genres (fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, memoir). Submissions may focus on canonical writers, such as Heaney or Friel, or less famous writers whose works deserve attention.

The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era, Deadline 30th November 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 7:18am
Nathalie Rivere de Carles - Pascale Drouet

The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era

We invite submissions for the 2011 issue of Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir-Shakespearean Afterlives. These might include essays (6000-7000 words including notes) for the issue proper, and review-essays (2-3000 words) or reviews of plays or exhibitions (1000-1500 words) for the issue's supplement L'Oeil du spectateur.

Drama at NeMLA (4/7-11/11; 9/30/11

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 9:11pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Call for Papers for Drama

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

Among the 370 Sessions accepting abstracts are the following looking for essays on drama and theatre:

Call for Chapters: Baseball in Class (UPDATE: Abstracts due September 1, 2010)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 5:31pm
Ron Kates/Middle Tennessee State University

This scholarly multidisciplinary anthology examines the intersection of baseball and class in American and global cultures. While embracing the rich history of themes of class and class conflict in baseball fiction, poetry, and drama, this collection also seeks to extend the discussion throughout other disciplines, some even far afield from literary studies. For example, one could examine the significant spike in costs related to attending a game at, say, Wrigley Field, and perhaps reach a determination that Cub management prefers a certain type or class of fan, almost to the point of excluding others.

CFP 2010 OVSC (10/14-16/10 Toledo, OH: deadlines 6/15 and 8/27) Shakespeare's Loose Ends

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 2:53pm
Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

The planning committee of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference is seeking abstracts and paper proposals that investigate the gaps, lacunae, indeterminacies, omissions, silences and "undecidabilities" in the work of Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries. Papers can focus on individual works (E.g. what happened to Lear's Fool? Why is Isabella silent?), or on cultural, dramaturgical, cinematic, theoretical and editorial issues. How do actors, directors and editors deal with the inevitable gap between players and performers? How do biases and the historical treatment of Shakespeare reflect and affect appreciation? How have biographers dealt with Shakespeare's early years?

CFP: Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images, March 17-19, 2011

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:55pm
Rachel Stapleton, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images
University of Toronto, March 17–19, 2011
Confirmed Keynote Address by Carol Mavor (Manchester) (others to follow)

House and Home in 20th Century American Film and Literature (conference 4/2011; abstract due 9/30/2010)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 3:01pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

From Blanche Dubois' Belle Reve to Esperanza Cordero's house on Mango Street, houses—and the affiliated, if more abstract, idea of home—figure prominently in 20th century American literature and film. The 20th century, after all, is characterized by both inter- and intra-national migrations which have, invariably, entailed the loss of one home, followed by the acquisition of another. Moreover, the 20th century has seen a steady increase in both actual home ownership and the imaginative importance of owning a home. At the start of the 20th century, 46.5% of Americans—less than one in two—were homeowners but, by 2000, that number had risen to 66.2%, or two in three.

Conference on Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale' - December 3-4, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 1:35pm
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Centre de recherches Anglophones (CREA)

The Centre de Recherches Anglophones (CREA) of the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, with the support of SEAA 17-18 and the French Shakespeare Society, will hold an international conference on Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale' on December 3-4, 2010 in Nanterre (France).

We welcome paper proposals dealing with: text and contexts; form and performance; interpretive challenges.

Proposals (20-30 lines long, in English or French) should be sent to the organisers by July 10: and

The papers will be published by the university press early 2011.

2011 British Women Writers Conference: "Curiosities" (March 31- April 3, 2011)

Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 12:58pm
18th and 19th Century Women Writers Association (BWWA)

The 19th Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference The Ohio State University Columbus, OH "Curiosities" March 31- April 3, 2011 Call for Papers: The theme for this year's conference is "Curiosities." We encourage submissions that consider how the concept of curiosity—in its dual meaning of intellectual pursuit and particular material objects—influenced the lives and work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, and continues to drive our scholarship today.

The New Creative Writing: Bringing Forward a New Era of Instruction

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:31am
Principal editors: Dianne Donnelly, Patrick Bizzaro, Gary Hawkins

The status of genre writing has been redefined for us in the work of Gunther Kress. Kress reminds us that writing involves more than the alphabetic notion that we write poems, stories, plays and essays. In fact, communication is large, contains multitudes, to paraphrase Whitman; it involves visual and aural elements as well as traditional writing. As a result, even those of us who have not technologized our classes have felt the need to revise our courses (and our assignments) accordingly to include more and more of what our students bring with them as prior knowledge and experience to our classes. There is new teaching to be done, and we must bring forward a new era of instruction in creative writing.